Biography of WILLIAM LEYSHON

William Leyshon was born March 1, 1849, in Dowlais, Glamorgan, Wales.

His parents were Lewis Leyshon (coal miner), born April 2, 1813 and Alice Jones born May 2, 1813. Both of his parents were born in Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer, Brecon, Wales. They were married Aug. 6, 1844 in the Vaynor Parish of Brecon, Wales. William had two brothers, both died young. Griffith was born December 1, 1846, in Dowlais, and died February 28, 1854. Lewis was born July 8, 1854 in Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales. He died July 9, 1887, leaving behind his wife, Dinah, and a few small children. William also had three sisters. Elizabeth was born Aug. 8, 1844 in Dowlais. She married John Lewis 25 July 1861 in Wales and had seven children. She and her family immigrated to Iowa where she died Feb. 22, 1912 in Des Moines. Mary was born January 29, 1852 in Aberdare, and died April 17, 1867. Margaret was born June 12, 1857, in Aberdare, and died Jan. 8, 1859.

William's grandfather, William Leyshon, after whom he was named, joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly after missionaries opened the Wales, British Mission. He was baptized Dec. 12, 1850 in the Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer Branch. Although baptism records have never been found for William's parents, Lewis and Alice Leyshon, it is believed that they also joined the church as their daughter, Elizabeth was baptized in 1852 at the young age of eight. William was baptized Mar. 6, 1868 at the age of nineteen. William served a home mission in Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales as a young man. He was said to have been a "hero in the cause of the Gospel" by one of his Welsh friends who knew him when he was serving his mission.

William met and married Lettice Davis, sometime in June of 1870. Lettice Davis was born September 22, 1853 at Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales. There were four children born to William and Lettice. Their first child Griffith, was born June 27, 1871, and lived only one hour and forty five minutes. They next had a girl named Margaret, born March 2, 1874 who also died shortly after birth. Both Griffith and Margaret were born and died in Aberdare. Their next child, a girl named Alice Ann, was born in 1875 in Aberdare. She later died in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1912. Their fourth child, a boy named Joseph, was born on August 3, 1876, in Aberdare. He died in Los Angeles, California.

In the year 1876, shortly after his wife's death, William decided he would take his two children and join the Saints living in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He came on the ship "Wyoming" which sailed 25 Oct 1876. William was age 28, Alice Ann was age 3, and Joseph was an infant. When he arrived in Salt Lake, he left his children with their aunt while he went to hunt for a job. He found work in the coal mines of Winter Quarters and while working there met Emily Crofts.



Emily Crofts Leyshon

Emily, whom he had known in Wales was working at the boarding house where William was living. They soon resumed their friendship and fell in love. They were married in Provo, Utah, on June 15, 1881 by John E. Booth. They built a two room log cabin at Winter Quarters, Carbon, Utah and decided that a new room would be added after the birth of each child. While there they were blessed with seven children and their house became quite large. They decided to travel to Salt Lake City and have their children sealed to them; Lewis born Jan. 15, 1883, Sarah Jane born Dec. 14, 1884, Lettice born Sept 17, 1886., Emily born Apr. 5, 1888, William born Jan. 8, 1890, Martha born Dec. 17, 1891, and Hyrum born Mar 13, 1894. This was done on February 26, 1896. While at the temple, William and Emily did work for Lettice, William's first wife, and her two small children. Later in Winter Quarters William and Emily were blessed with three more children; Ezra born Sep. 16, 1896, Lorenzo born Jan. 19, 1899, and Mary born Dec. 1, 1901. They then moved to Spanish Fork, Utah where their last two children were born; Nephi born May 13, 1904 and Rachel Munerva born Apr 19, 1905/6.

Shortly after Emily and William were married, William's two children Joseph and Alice came to live with them. At a young age Joseph ran away and joined the Navy. Nothing was ever heard from him until William's death, Joseph then came to his father's funeral. He was then again never heard from until one day the State of California notified Sarah, his half sister, that he was found dead in an ally. He was buried in California and his flag was given to Hyrum, his half brother. During the time Alice was with William and Emily, she gave birth to a baby out of wedlock. She gave the baby to some people by the name of Meadows, in Pon Town. Later the Meadows moved to Canada and Alice went on to Salt Lake City where she married and later died.

Six years after William and Emily were married there was a bad flood in Winter Quarters which took all their clothes and home. But the miners came and helped build a new home and supply food and clothes. A few years later a big boulder rolled into their house and again the fellow miners aided in the repair.

William and Emily did a lot of ordinance work for the dead in the Salt Lake Temple. William who worked mostly in the coal mines was also known for the good he did with herbs. Although he never had any formal training, he was called "doc" by many people. William's father who was also an herb doctor had taught William how to use herbs for the benefit of healing. William not only helped but saved many people in Winter Quarters and around the country with the herbs he mixed. Emily was often by his side. She was also a midwife. Friends referred to them as "doctor" and "nurse".

William and Emily never forgot the mine disaster of May 1, 1900 when their eldest son, Lewis, was killed. William told his son to stay home but Lewis knew they were in need of money and that his father was too sick to go so he went. When they moved to Spanish Fork, they lost their second son, Leland, who was only nine. After all their trials, William said, "Em, my dear, console yourself and let us call on the Lord and do our duty unto Him and He will carry us through." William was truly a man of great faith.

Sixteen years before his death, William was injured which was caused by working in the coal mines of Winter Quarters. It left him paralyzed for the rest of his life. Six of those years were spent in bed but he kept up his courage and hope, and succeeded to recover enough to provide a living for his family until he died. Despite all of his troubles, even during his sickness, William never failed to pay his tithes and offerings. When sorrow and death prevailed, William strove to live the gospel and be a wonderful father and husband.

William loved sports and the outdoors. Fishing was one of his great pastimes. Emily shared in his enthusiasm for fishing by bottling the fish for winter. A game called "Chicken Fight" was one of William's favorites. William also had a dog which he loved dearly. Often times the dog would pull the children with the wagon on the sleigh.

William tried very hard to teach Emily how to read and write, but later as sickness and children came there wasn't much time. Emily received no form of formal schooling and never knew how to read or write. When signing her name, she simply made an "X".

One of the mines in Winter Quarters was called for many years the Leyshon mine. However the name was later changed when William was unable to make money on the mine and a new man took over.

William and Emily and their family did such odd jobs as clean school, churches, washed and ironed for the miners, to help with expenses. Emily cooked in a boarding house to help with expenses. William was the first to arrange for playgrounds for children. He also was the first in organizing baseball, hopscotch and other games for children. Lettice, Sarah, Alice, Lewis, and Joseph kept the playgrounds clean every day. While Emily and William were living in Leland, their crop of wheat was destroyed. William said, "Never mind, Em, some chicken will come and eat the wheat that's left."


Leyshon home in Leland, Utah

William loved his family dearly, and even during his sickness when confined to a wheelchair or bed, he was more than happy to have one of his children sit on his lap. He often read them stories and when confined to a wheelchair gave them rides on it.

After moving to Leland, Utah, William was sick most of the time. While in Leland they lived in a four room house on a farm. William didn't know much about farming however.

William Leyshon (age 56) died August 5, 1905 in Spanish Fork. He left his wife, Emily with eleven children and the 12th on the way. Rachel, was born eight months after his death. William felt much love for his family as expressed in his last words which were, "Em, don't work too hard, but do keep the children together. All my love to you and the children."

This story was submitted by Cindy Hills. The information in the story has been documented. If you are related to or would like more information about the family and the documentation please contact her.

Also related to this family is: Cathie Owens.



Spanish Fork Pioneer Dies

Emily Croft Leshon

Deseret News, 27 Nov. 1947
SPANISH FORK - Mrs. Emily Crofts Leyshon, 85, died at the family residence in Leland Tuesday, nov. 25, of couses incident to age.

She was born in Aberdere, Wales, Oct. 23, 1862, the dauther of Jane Ponton and Ezra Crofts. She became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 15 and came to America 70 years ago. She has been a resident of Utah for the past 45 years making her home in Leland.

She married William Leyshon in Salt Lake City in 1898. He died in 1906. She has been an active member of the Church all her life.

Funeral services will be held in the Leland Ward Chapel Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m., under the direction of Bishop William Larsen. Friends may call at the Claudin Funeral Home Friday evening and at the family home on Saturday after 10 a.m. Burial will be in Spanish Fork.

This obituary was donated by Cathie Owens.




John and Frances Rovsek

Rovsek Family

John Rovsek and his wife , Frances Rovsek first moved to Kenilworth around 1910. Their first son John jr. was with them. John Rovsek worked in the mines, and Frances took in boarders.

Approximately 1912, John Rovsek signed a lease with Matt Andler of Hiawatha, to lease property in section 24, it was a 5 year lease, and he wanted to dairy farm. Much isn't known about this time, only what was found in records.

Approx. 1917 or 1918, John Rovsek signed a new lease, most likely with the mining company, to dairy farm. Since their are no records left, and the area has changed so much, we can only speculate at the location. But we believebased upon a 1912 topo map of Hiawatha, it shows a dairy in section 27. This would also concur with stories Fred Rovsek has told. My father, Fred , has said they had cows, pigs, goats, sheep and horses. Fred would go with his brothers John jr. and Adolph to sell milk etc. to people who lived in the community.

Fred Rovsek remembers Michael Jr. Dikleva, he used to play with him. He lived at house #602. He also remembers Frank and Teresa Zele. They were friends of the family. We also know The Kostelic's were family friends sinceRosa Kostelic was Freds godmother and the Rovsek boys use to play with Frank Kostelic.

Fred Rovsek

My aunt, Marjorie Rovsek, remembers the principal, Mr. Grant. She also remembers a teacher named Mrs. Funk. She liked her because she used to take the class hiking.Some of the children she and her brothers and sister usedto play with are Lucille Babcock, Fern and Mary Pikas, and a boy with the last name of Wycherly. She couldn't remember the name of the sheriff at that time, but she remembered his horse being a beautiful black with a silver bridle and saddle. The kids all loved him. One other person she remembered was Reverend Walberg, who lived in town. She did not know what religion he was.

Both Fred and Marjorie have told us many stories of their life as children. They both loved it there, along with the rest of the family. The mountains especially, and all the open land. But in 1928, many people were leaving the Hiawatha area, their was a shortage of jobs. So as the community they sold their dairy goods to dwindled, they too had to make the hard choice of moving their family elsewhere. So in 1928, they packed up and left for Detroit, Michigan. I believe none of them still alive have forgotton their life and their love for the land in Hiawatha.

Rovsek Family
Rovsek family
photo on left - Left to right - back: John Rovsek, John Spunt, John Oriegel, Frank Zele, Theresa Zele
front: Eddie Rovsek & Marjorie Rovsek, Fred Rovsek, Frank Costello & Zele child, Frances Rovsek
Photo on right - Theresa Zele & Frances Rovsek with Marjorie and Francis Rovsek seated.

This information was donated by Lori Curtis.




Rachel Davis Powell

PIONEER RESIDENT OF PRICE PASSES

Mrs. John Davis Powell, One First Woman, In Price Dies

Mrs. Rachel Davis Powell, one of the first women to settle in Price, was laid to her final rest Sunday at Carbonville. She died Thursday at the age of 74. Funeral services were held in the Price tabernacle, with interment under direction of the Deseret Mortuary.

Mrs. Powell was born in Utah, October 23, 1855 daughter of George Preston Davis and Sarah Davis. She came to Price June 6, 1879 and is believed to be one of the first women to make her home in this community permanently. Mrs. Powell gave birth to the first child in Price. Her husband Robert Powell died several years ago.

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Van Lafayette Wilkerson

OGDEN - Van Lafayette Wilkerson, 85, of 200 Harrisoville Road, died Tuesday November 30, 1976 in a local hospital.

Born April 30, 1891 in Kanab, Utah, son of William and Rachel Painter Wilkerson. married Winnie Elnor Petty on June 20, 1917 in Duchesne, Utah. She died Jan 5, 1964. Veteran World War I, worked as coal miner, rancher and buisnessman. Member of Veterans Foreign Wars. Lived in Kanab, Duchesne County, Carbon County and Midvale. Came to Ogden in 1971.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Myers Mortuary Chapel in Ogden, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment Helper, Utah cemetery.

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Milford Bard Farnsworth

PRICE, Carbon County - Milford Bard Farnsworth, 61, Price, died Oct. 17 of natural causes in a Price hospital. Born Aug. 10, 1910, Spring Glen, Carbon County, to Milford B. and Rozina Ames Farnsworth. Married Ada Wilkerson, 1935, Price: divorced, 1960. Survivors: sons, daughters all of Price; 5 grandchildren; brother, sisters. Funeral Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, Price, where friends call Tuesday, Wednesday one hour prior to services. Burial Price City Cemetery.

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Michael Thomas

SALT LAKE CITY - Michael "Mike" Thomas, 67, a former Carbon County resident, died May 26, 1983 in a shopital here>

He was born Sept. 1, 1915 in Sunnyside, Utah, to Gregory and Mary Bolf Thomas.

He married Eunice "Pat" Wilkerson in September 1939 in Price. She survives.

A member of the Catholic Church, he was employed at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Horse Canyon Mine prior to his retirement. He was a retired member of United Miner Workers of America, Horse Canyon Local.

Catholic chapel services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price. Burial was in Mr. View Cemetery in Helper.

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Ezra Boren

PRICE - Ezra Boren, 90, died April 24, 1984 in a Price Hospital.

Born November 9, 1893 in Cannonville, Utah to William Coleman and Lavina Jones Boren. Married Isabell Averritt in 1916, she later died. Resident of Price since 1926. Worked on railroad and local farms in the area.

Survived by two sons, three daughters, three children preceded him in death; also surviving are 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great great grandchildren and four half sisters.

Funeral services Friday 2:00 p.m. Mitchell Chapel in Price where friends may call Thursday and Friday prior to services. Family will be at Mortuary Chapel Friday one hour prior to services. Burial; Price City Cemetery, Price.

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Walter Andrews Lovins

Sun Advocate, September 1943

Price Man, Helper Woman Badly Hurt In Automobile Upset

Walter Lovins, 43, of Price, and Mrs. J. Jones, 35, of Helper, were seriously injured in an auto accident two miles north of Huntington Tuesday evening.

At Price Hospital, where the injured pair was taken, Lovins was found to have sustained a crushed chest, internal hemorrhages and other hurts. Mrs. Jones was treated for a fractured pelvis and head lacerations.

The mishap occurred, according to state highway patrolmen, when the car which Lovins was driving and in which Mrs. Jones was a passenger, left the road on a curve and rolled down the barrow pit.

Sun Advocate, September 30, 1943

Auto Crash Victim Dies of Injuries, Leaves 4 children

Walter Andrews Lovins, 45, succumbed at the Price hospital Friday of injuries received in an auto accident early last week.

Funeral services were conducted at the Wallace chapel by Reverend Richard E. Halbert, pastor of the Methodist Community church, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. Interment was in Price cemetery.

Mr. Lovins suffered a skull fracture, crushed chest and other internal injuries when the car he was driving ran off a curve and smashed into a borrowpit Tuesday night of last week. Riding with him was Mrs. Julia Jones, 35, of Helper, whose head was lacerated and pelvis broken, but is recovering satisfactorily at the hospital.

Mr. Lovins was born in Williams county, West Virginia, June 26, 1898, son of Ransom and Nancy Elizabeth Jefferson Lovins. He came here from New Mexico over a year ago and was employed by the Independent Coal and Coke company of Kenilworth.

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Leiter, William H.

William H. Leiter, age 80, passed away December 13, 1982 at his home.

Born May 12, 1902 in Sunnyside, Utah to William H. and Janet Crawford Leiter. Married Welda Janet Mower, January 15, 1924; later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. High Priest in the McKay Ward. Had served as ward financial clerk for 30 years. Served many years as District Manager O.P. Skaggs System. Retired in 1972 from Moore Supply Co.

Funeral services Thursday 12:00 noon, McKay Ward, 1391 Park. Friends may call Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m., Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple and Thursday one hour prior to services at the Ward Chapel. Interment; Salt Lake City cemetery.

Information received from Janet Hansen.



John W. Crawford

John W. Crawford, 67, 1651 E. Stratford Ave., died Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at his residence after a lingering illness. Born July 7, 1889, Almy, Wyo., to John and Agnes Wilson Crawford. Married Ellen Radcliff Dawson, N.M., 1910. Charter member BPOE, Price First Baptist Church. Mine foreman, 1912 to 1941 to 1954, Carlsbad, N.M.

Information received from Janet Hansen.



John Crawford

9 Dec 1965

FULLERTON, CALIF. - John Crawford, 46, Fullerton, died of leukemia Thursday about 9 a.m. in a local hospital.

Born June 6, 1919, Heiner, Carbon County, a son of Jown W. and Ellen Radcliffe Crawford. Married Erma Perkins Keller, November 1939, Price. Solemnized in Los Angeles Temple in 1965. Worked as Santa Fe Railroad engineer.

Funeral will be in Fullerton. Additional services Wednesday 2 p.m. 60 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City where friends call Wednesday 2 p.m. until services. Entombment: Shrine of Memories Mausoleum.

Information received from Janet Hansen.



Life of Nancy Ella McNees

Married to Sebron Golding, settled in Wellington, Utah

Nancy Ella McNees was born March 4, 1852 in Salisbury, Tennessee. She was the youngest of twelve children born to Richard NcNees and Nancy Johnson. She was born into a fairly wealthy family who owned a large plantation with cotton being their main crop. When she was three months old, her father died, and at age five, her mother died. The family property was sold and the money divided among the children. Guardians were appointed for the younger children, with Nancy, and two of her sisters, going to live with her older sister and her husband. One of her sisters died shortly thereafter.

Then came the civil war. Her family had moved to Des Arc, Arkansas shortly before the war began, and as southerners, they supported the Confederacy. Several of her brothers joined the army, along with two brothers-in-law--including the husband of her sister she was staying with. Nancy was about eleven years old when the war started, and in her life story she states, "I remember very trying and dangerous times" (Our Golding Heritage, p. 4). Northern army soldiers, "Yanks," as they were called by the Southern folks, camped about six miles from the NcNees home. In times of war, behavior that is not condoned during peace time, seems to become common place. Nancy recalled, "Drunken soldiers often came to the house and bothered the girls. Through their treachery, they nearly caused starvation in the land. They destroyed everything we had. A crowd of them would come into our yard and shoot our chickens and pigs. They even killed our milk cows and left the small children without milk. They would then cut off forty or fifty pounds of the choicest part of the meat and leave the rest where it fell. They even took their pocket knives and slit great holes in the cloth on our loom that we had carded, spun, and woven. I could relate many more such things but will not. All my life I have thought the Civil War a cruel and unjust war. But in later years, I have decided that it must have been right and just or the Lord would not have permitted it. . . I was young, and it is hard for me to remember the particulars of the ending of the war or the assassination of President Lincoln. I do know that of my brothers who went to war, five never came back. Whether they were killed in battle or not, we never knew, but we never heard from them again" (Heritage, p. 5-7). Nancy continues, "An orphan misses the happy, carefree pleasures of this life when deprived of mother and father.

My childhood was sad, but, to a certain extent, it was made up to me when I became acquainted and fell in love with my life's partner, Sebron Golding" (Heritage, p. 9). They met at a revival meeting, corresponded for a while, and married 23 March 1871. She stated, "I was troubled a great deal after my marriage about religion. We belonged to the Methodist Church and had been married by a Methodist minister, but I didn't feel satisfied with what that church taught. . . After our first baby came, I fretted more than ever. I was desirous that my baby should be brought up in the right church. . . . But I was not satisfied, so one night in my prayers, I asked the Lord to show me in some way if I belonged to the right church. That night I dreamed of seeing a lot of people being baptized in a way I had never seen before. . . . I was anxious the next day to learn which church baptized in that way. . . . I was very disappointed to learn that none of the churches baptized in that way, because I was sure that my dream was an answer to my prayer" (Heritage, p. 9-10).

"Then, sometime later, two Mormon elders came to our home. Their names were John McCalister and Henry Boyle. They talked to me about the Mormon Church and explained their principles to me. When they told me about baptism by immersion, I was sure theirs was the right church. . . . we all went to the river again and were baptized into the Pleasant Prairie Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have never been sorry one minute, and I have received many blessings in my church" (Heritage, p. 10). Many people joined the Church in the Des Arc area, and like many in their day, desired to "come to Zion." Nancy, her husband, and two small children, left with twenty six other families in April 1877 and traveled by wagon across the prairie states, finally arriving in New Mexico. The journey was filled with trials and afflictions. There was a lack of food with hunger making tempers run high. Death took several members of the wagon train, including a new baby of Nancy's in-laws. Her oldest daughter, Ada age four, was run over by the wagon resulting in a broken leg above the knee. During a dust storm, the wagon train took shelter in an Indian village. One of the Indians had red blotches, and ten days later, small pox broke out among the wagon train members. They weren't allowed into settlements, several people died, and they were delayed in New Mexico for awhile. Some of the travelers ended up staying in New Mexico, but most continued on to Arizona. By the time they arrived, they were destitute and some were on foot. Most of the group stayed in Arizona, but Nancy and her family moved north to Utah. After settling and moving around in several locations in Southern Utah, they settled in Cainsville.

Life there was difficult and hard, and they were unable to work out a life's substance there. In 1902, they left and moved north, eventually moving to Wellington, Utah. Here Nancy spent her remaining years as the wife of a civic-minded husband who was also a patriarch at the time of his death. In 1909, she and Sebron were called on a mission to work in the Manti Temple for two years. Her husband died in 1925, and Nancy lived as a widow for another nine years, dying on 11 December 1934. She was buried next to her husband in the Wellington Cemetery. Nancy had nine children, eight who lived to adulthood, married in the temple and were active in their community. Today, her family numbers over two thousand, most of whom are active members of the Church. Through all the trials of her young life, the troubles later on, and the afflictions of life common to her time and place, Nancy put her trust in God and remained true and faithful to her faith. She left a great legacy to her descendants and is truly one of the great mothers of Zion, who with her husband, will stand triumphant at the last day. "And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in they youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day. . . . And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; . . . yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me" (Alma 6: 3, 27).

This story has been donated by Frances Cunningham.



Frank Costello Sr.

SALT LAKE CITY - Frank Costello, Sr., 69, of Diamondville Wy., died August 2, 1980.

Funeral services were conducted by Father Thomas Cleary at St. Patrick's Catholic Church August 5. Rosary was recited at the church.

Organists for the services were Rosalie Tratnik and Jona May Gonzales and Amy Jewkes sang "Amazing Grace" and "Peace Is Flowing Like a River."

Interment was in the Kemmerer City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Costello, Tony Costello, Stanley Costello, Bill Zele, Allie Hangich, and Nick Beyda. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Srdoc, Paul Canoso, Tony Tratnik, Richard Costello, Roger Costello, Fred Sadler, Jr. and Gus Baggstrom.

Frank Costello, Sr. was born June 9, 1911, in Winter Quarters, Utah to Rose Costello Zele and Frank Costello.

He worked as a coal miner and came to the Kemmerer area in 1929 where he worked in the local mines.

He married Angela Tratnik on June 9, 1935 at Randolph, Utah.

He also worked at Star Mine before moving to Price, Utah for a brief period, and returned here to Diamondville once again to mark up 45 years as a coal miner.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America for 35 years and the Western Slavonic Association for 53 Years.

He was also a sexton for the Kemmerer cemetery for several years.

He is survived by his widow, Angela, Diamondville; daughter, Mrs. Fred (Darlene) Sadler, Diamondville; son, Frank Costello, Big Piney, Wyoming; brothers Tony Costello, Frontier, Wyom., Stanley Costello, Grand Junction, Colorado, John, Helper; Utah; Bill Zele, Price, Utah; Rose Crandall, Helper, Utah; and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Julie.

Information received from Linda Kastelic.



Wilma Brasher

Wilma Cleo Davis Brasher, 82, of Spanish Fork, died June 18 at the Castleview Hospital in Price.

She was born No. 22, 1907, in Spring Glen, Utah, the daughter of George W. Davis and Eliza Luella Gentry Davis. She married Richard Allen "Dick" Brasher, Nov. 8, 1926, in Helper. He died in 1978.

She was educated in Spring Glen and Helper schools. She graduated from Price High School. She attended BYU and took many other artist seminars and classes. She was an oil painting artist.

She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She lived in Spanish Fork for 35 years and for the past 7 years had lived in Lehi.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Walker Mortuary, 187 S. Main, Spanish Fork. Friends may call at the cortuary Thursday 6 - 8 p.m. or Friday one hour prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

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Charles Loomis Sr.

The Loomis family moved to Utah in 1944. Charles worked at the Wattis mine and lived in Price. They moved to Sunnyside about 1945 where he worked for Utah Fuel, then Kaiser Steel. Charles, Jr left in 1954 to join the Air Force; Angie left June, 1956 when she married and moved to New Mexico; Ramona left in 1958 after graduation. Charles and Marion left Utah in early 1960s. Settled in Las Vegas, NV in 1963.

Charles Loomis Sr.
18 January 1991

Charles Loomis Sr., 89, died Friday. He was a 28-year resident of Las Vegas. A coal miner, he was born july 1, 1901, in Buckman, N.M. He is survived by his wife, sons, daughters and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday in Bunker Mortuary, where services will be at noon Tuesday. burial will be in Eden Vale Cemetery. Bunker Mortuary handled arrangements.

Marion Perea Loomis

Marion Perea Loomis, 93, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in Farmington, N.M. She was born July 5, 1916, in Kearns, Colo. Marion was of the Pentecostal Faith. She also was a member of the Culinary and Bartenders Union Local 226 in Las Vegas. Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Loomis, Sr.; daughter, Angelina "Angie" West: son, Charles "Chuck" Loomis, Jr.: son-in-law, Duanne "Red" Horn; great-grandson, Shea Padilla; and her 10 siblings. She leaves to cherish her memory a daugther, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, 10 Grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. Services were privately held in Las Vegas.

Chuck Loomis Jr.

Arizona City - Charles "Chuck" Loomis Jr., 71 of Arizona City died April 26, 2008. The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in Phoenix, with Tom Smith officiating. Mr. Loomis was born Feb. 23, 1937 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and retired from the National Guard after 20 years. He was a truck driver and worked for Maricopa County before retirement. Survivors include his wife, two sons, his mother, a sister, and seven grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his father, Charles Loomis Sr., and a sister, Angelina West. J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud, the Gardens Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Angelina Loomis West
March 12, 1938-Feb 10, 2004

Loving wife, mother and grandmother, Angelina West, 65, of Bloomfield passed away from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at her home. Angelina was born March 12, 1938 to Charles and Marion (Perea) Loomis at Pagosa Springs, Colo. Mrs. West will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Mrs. West is survived by her husband of 24 years, mother, sons, brother, sister, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m., today, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004 at Templo Sinai Assembly of God Church, 800 McCormick School Road, Farmington. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at Templo Sinai Assembly of God Church with Pastor Stephen Marquez officiating. She will then be laid to rest at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cedar Hill.

Loomis Family information was received from Ramona L. Smith.

Joshua Seaton

Taken from UTAH Vol. III pg 15. Compiled by J. Cecil Alter 1932.

Joshua Seaton, superintendent of the Sweet Coal Company in Carbon County, is a Scotch mining engineer, having learned the fundamentals of the mining industry both in practice and in technical school in his native land. Since coming to America many organizations have employed him and he has contributed to the production of coal in many parts of the intermountain country.

Mr. Seaton was born at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, June 11, 1879, son of William and Mary (Mason) Seaton. His father followed the occupation of teamster. Joshua Seaton attended public schools and in 1907 was graduated from the Hamilton Academy with the degree Mining Engineer, and was awarded by the government a first class certificate as a mine manager in Scotland. After leaving college his first service was in charge of mine of the Watson Coal Company, limited, in Scotland, as foreman. Later in the same year he was made foreman at Canderigg, Scotland, for the James Nimmo Company.

Mr. Seaton came to the United States in 1910, and his first service here in the mining industry was as mine foreman at Rock Springs, Wyoming, for the Union Pacific Coal Company. This company in 1914 transferred him to Reliance, Wyoming, as foreman. He became foreman of the Lion Coal Company in 1915, and in 1917 came to Utah.

His first work in this state was opening the Peerless Mine, at Peerless, and in 1919 he went to Rolapp as foreman for the Cameron Coal Company. Mr. Seaton spent six months of the year 1920 traveling for pleasure and observation through Canada, and later in the year returned to Utah and opened the mine of the Utah Central Coal Company at Scofield. In 1922 he went to Wattis and took charge of a cutting machine for the Lion Coal Company. The following year he was mine foreman with the Spring Canyon Coal Company, and since 1927 has superintended the operations of the Sweet Coal Company in Carbon County.

Mr. Seaton married, December 31, 1908, Miss Catherine Brown, of Strathaven, Scotland. They have five children, Catherine, William, May, Frances and Josephine. Mr. Seaton is a member of Price Lodge No. 16 of the Masonic fraternity.

Seaton Family information was received from
Enid Seaton Ruoff. If you are related to this family or would like more information please contact her. Thank you.

Calvin Junior Jewkes

The Spectrum, 2 Jun 2011

Calvin Ju­nior Jewkes, age 86, passed away at home May 29, 2011. He was born May 31,1924 in Kenilworth, Utah to An­drew Calvin and Viola Jewkes.

Cal, mostly known as Junior, was raised in Kenilworth, Utah where he met and married his eternal compan­ion Betty June Manchester March 9,1947. They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple.

Cal graduated from Car­bon High School in 1942 and attended the University of Utah, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechani­cal Engineering. He spent most of his career at Hill Air Force Base working on the design and improvement of the landing gear for Air Force Jets. He served honorably in the United States Army during World War II, where he was awarded the purple heart.

Cal always had a love of sports. He spent countless hours playing a variety of sports and watching his chil­dren and grandchildren play. Music was an important part of Cal's life. His love for mu­sic equaled his talents. He played trumpet, sang and loved to share his talents with others. He enjoyed playing in dance bands throughout his early life.

Cal, following the pass­ing of Betty, married Jane Johnson and moved to Ivins, Utah. Jane and her family were a great source of love, joy and support to Cal. Fol­lowing Jane's passing, Cal remained in Ivins where he loved the climate and en­joyed his friends and family. Cal was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a true follower of Christ. His life was an example of love and service. He was a loving, caring husband and father.

He is survived by his son, Steven H. Jewkes and wife Jennette, Kaysville, Utah; daughter Vicki Yurth, Bounti­ful, Utah; six grandchildren and three great grandchil­dren; his brother and his wife, Kenilworth, Utah.

Funeral services will be­held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Red Cliffs LDS 8th Ward Chapel, 625 East Center Street, Ivins, Utah. A visitation will be held Saturday, prior to services at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel. Interment will be held Mon­day, June 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kaysville City Cemetery in Kaysville, Utah.

Obituary donated by Wilfred Peters



LaMar L. "Buff" Buffmire

Deseret News, April 16, 2004

LaMar L. "Buff" Buffmire 9/3/24 ~ 4/13/04 LaMar L. "Buff" Buffmire, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle died peacefully at home April 13, 2004. He was born September 3, 1924 in Clawson, Utah to Lola Wright Buffmire and Gus Buffmire. LaMar attended Price High School and graduated from Carbon College. He served in the Army as a nose gunner during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He married his life long companion, Judy Ann Parmley Buffmire in 1948. LaMar led a productive and varied work life including 20 years in the food industry. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and lapidary work. An avid "rock hound" he enjoyed his association with the Wasatch Gem Society and loved creating jewelry and other gifts for his family and friends. His greatest love was his family and extended community of wonderful and supportive friends. He loved his dear cousins Keith Wright and family, Jack and Russell Cox and family and his sister-in-law, Vera Parmley and family. LaMar was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wallace Buffmire, his sister LaVon Buffmire Cochron, and daughter, Shanna Lee Buffmire Harris. LaMar is survived by his loving and steadfast wife, Judy Ann Buffmire;his daughter, Kathryn Labadie and her husband Matthew; son-in-law, Ken Harris, grandchildren, Ben and Jessica Harris, Amani L. Reed and his wife Jules, and his much loved nieces and nephews. The family extends its gratitude to LaMar and Judy's loving and supportive community. We appreciate the assistance and blessings from Winder West 13th Ward, the assistance and support of neighbors Gary and Mickey Burnham and family and our wonderful friend and home care provider, Carmen Ben Abdallah, and the Community West Nursing Services Hospice team particularly his caring and thoughtful nurse, Debby Buese. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Dr. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment, Ferron, UT.

Obituary donated by Wilfred Peters



Dr. Judy Ann Cook Buffmire

Deseret News, June 5. 2011

Dr. Judy Ann Buffmire 1929 ~ 2011 Dr. Judy Ann Buffmire died peacefully on May 28th in Portland Oregon, where she had moved in 2009 to be with her daughter, son-in-law and two of her grandchildren. Dr. Buffmire, better known just as Judy was dedicated to her family, friends and to the state of Utah. Born June 5, 1929, to Bill Broyles and Audrey Francis Cook she cherished her childhood growing up in and around Carbon County. She graduated from Wasatch Academy in 1947 and the next year married the love of her life, Lamar Lee Buffmire. Turning 30 and with her two daughters in school, Judy enrolled at the University of Utah and received her undergraduate degree in 1966, her Masters degree in 1967 and her Ph.D. in Psychology in 1969. Judy became the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Resource Center for Special Education at the University of Utah and then an administrator in the Utah Department of Social Services. She was instrumental in creating the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation under the Utah State Board of Education and became its first executive director. In honor of her service the Judy Ann Buffmire Rehabilitation Service Center in Salt Lake City was dedicated on September 16, 1999. Judy served as president of the Utah Psychological Association from 1999-2000 as well as maintained a private practice during her entire career. Elected in 1992 Judy served six terms as a Democrat in the Utah House of Representatives where she provided compassionate leadership and celebrated many legislative accomplishments. Judy received many prestigious honors during her remarkable career. A few highlighted awards as examples of her achievement include the Karl F. Heiser National Award for Advocacy, American Psychological Association 1999; Distinguished Legislator of the Year Award, Utah Medical Association 1999; National Legislator of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers 2000; Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association 2000; Continuing Hero on the Hill, Coalition of People with Disabilities 2001; Norman S. Anderson Award for Distinguished Service 2001; National Alliance on Mental Illness "Judy Buffmire Award" 2002; and Lifetime Achievement Award, Utah Psychological Association 2009. Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Lee Buffmire, in 2004 and her dear, dear daughter Shanna Lee Buffmire Harris in 1999. Judy is survived by daughter and son-in-law Kathryn and Matthew Labadie, her son-in-law Ken Harris, grandchildren Ben and Jessica Harris, grandson and his wife Amani and Jules Reed and great grandson Taye Kumani Reed, sister-in-law Vera Parmley, eight nieces and nephews and their families, many dear cousins and a wide range of caring and dedicated friends. A celebration of life will be held in Salt Lake City at a later date. Remembrances can be made by donation to NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) or to the charity of your choice.

Obituary donated by Wilfred Peters



Ernest Antonio Cima

Ernest Cima Services to be Held at LDS Chapel

Helper: Funeral services will be conducted Friday March 2, 1956 for Ernest Antonio Cima, in the Latter-Day Saint ward chapel in Helper at 1:00 p.m.


1947 - Ernest Antonio &
Birdie Leonard Cima

He died Sunday February 26, 1956 at his home from injures sustained on the job at the DRG&W Railroad while fighting a fuel track fire August 18, 1954.

He was born December 7, 1907 in Red Lodge, Montana to James and Virginia (Filippini) Cima. He has been a resident of Helper for 41 years. Worked as a machinist for the DRG&W Railroad for 22 years before his injury forced his retirement.

He was a member of the Helper Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years prior to his retirement from the railroad. He was also an active member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Superseded in death by his wife of 21 years Birdie (Leonard) Cima, October 25, 1948. He is survived by three sons, and three daughters, his second wife and two step-children.

Burial will be in the Mt. View Cemetery under the direction of the Mitchell Funeral Home in Price.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



Birdie Leonard Cima

Rites Today for Mrs. Birdie Cima; Program Announced

Funeral services for Mrs. Birdie Leonard Cima, 39, wife of Ernest Cima, who died Monday morning at 3:05 o'clock in the Price hospital following a short illness, will be held at the Helper L.D.S. ward chapel today at 2 p.m. under the direction of Bishop Lynn Broadbent.

An active member of the Helper ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Mrs. Cima was a Relief Society teacher at the time of her death.

She was born in Price April 26, 1909, a daughter of Leopold and Zoe Ellen Powell Leonard. She attended school in Price and has been a resident of Helper nearly 20 years.

The program to be presented at the services as announced by the family is as follows: Song, "The Lord's Prayer, Helper Ward choir, invocation by Clarence Bjorn. Song, "Sometime We'll Understand", choir, talk, James Charlesworth; Vocal duet, VeLoy Powell and Addie Abrams. Talk, Jesse Bryan; Song, "I'll Go Where you Want me to go Dear Lord", choir; talk, John C. Smith; Violin solo, Mrs. C.B. Needles. Benediction, Byron Carter. The grave will be dedicated by Ray Powell.

Survivors in addition to her husband are: her parents, Price; three daughters and three sons and a sister and seven brothers.

Burial will be in the Mt. View cemetery under the direction of the Mitchell funeral home of Price.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima. A history of Birdie Leonard Cima is available in the book "Leonard Family Genealogy & Histories" Vol. 2, 1992. This book is available from Ernest Cima or from the Price Family History Library.



Fox Lake Drownings Verified:
Searching Parties Fail In Bear Lake

Fox Lake Tragedy Is Confirmed in Price

PRICE, Aug 6, 1941 - Confirmed reports reached Price late Monday night from Fox Lake in Duchesne County establishing the death by drowning of two prominent Carbon County men who were on a fishing trip at the lake.

John Battista Cima

John Battista Cima, 40, and Jack Vignetto, 45, both of Helper, are the victims of the accident, but neither body had been recovered late today.

The two men had been fishing from a collapsible boat, according to the report, while Henry Ruggeri, Price attorney, and Paul Mancina, also of Price, were fishing from the shore. Jill Vignetto, 15-year-old daughter of one of the victims was the fifth member of the vacation party.

Did Not Return

When the men in the boat did not return in the afternoon on Sunday, the three set out to look for them. They discovered the overturned boat and two hats floating on the water.

Word of the accident was relayed to Price from the ranger station in the section. The lake is five hours by horseback from the highway, and difficult of access.

Frank Barboglio, president of the Helper State Bank, where Mr. Vignetto was cashier, received word of the accident and organized a party of four men to go to the lake. Joe Barboglio, Carl Leavitt, and John Mancina, the latter of Price, joined him in one party. Pete and Ernest Cima, brothers of John B. Cima and his father formed a second group who went to the lake Monday morning.

The Survivors:

Mr. Vignetto is survived by his daughter, and a son of Helper, and a sister. He was cashier and director of the Helper State Bank, member of the board of directors of the Carbon County Country Club, and a Mason, Shriner and Kiwanian.

Mr. Cimas was justice of the peace at Helper, and an engineer of the Rio Grande Railroad. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge.

Mr. Cima was born July 21, 1901, in Castle Gate, son of James and Virginia Filippini Cima, both of whom survive. His widow, Mrs. Ruth Carter Cima, also survives, with three daughters all of Helper. Two brothers and one sister also survive.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



Ruth Olive Carter Cima

Wife Dies from Shock at Husband's Death

Helper, Aug 6 - Tragedy struck twice in the Cima family this week with the sudden death yesterday of Mrs. Ruth Olive Carter Cima, 35, following the death by drowning of her husband, Jack B. Cima, Sunday during a fishing trip.

Mrs. Cima died at her home Tuesday afternoon of a heart ailment. She was 35 years old, a daughter of Byron and Batilda O. Madsen Carter of Helper. She was born at Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 6, 1906. She is survived by three daughters all of Helper.

Shock from the news of the death of the husband is believed to have precipitated the death of the wife.

Services Attended by many relatives and friends

Many out of town relatives and friends arrived last week end to attend the joint funeral service held for Mr. and Mrs. (John Battista) Jack Cima last Sunday in the LDS church. Mrs. Cima was born January 6, 1906, at Mr. Pleasant, a daughter of Byron and Matilda O. Madsen Carter. She came to Helper in 1918 and was married to Mr. Cima May 26, 1923. She has lived here since that time with her family.

The body of the husband and the other drowned man had not been found today.

Final Tribute Paid to Victims of Drowning at Services Sunday

A real American weekend of fishing and camping last week became a nightmare of tragedy when two of the best known and loved men of Helper were reported victims of a double drowning at Fox Lake, near Vernal . The story of the deaths of Jack Vignetto and J.B. Cima and the untimely passing of the latter's widow has become common knowledge in Helper. How the two men left Mr. Vignetto's daughter, Jill, at a camping spot to cook breakfast one Sunday morning while they went out on the lake for a bit of early fishing, how the collapsible boat from which they were fishing sunk, throwing the men into the icy waters of the lake, and how for several days a vigorous but fruitless search was maintained in order to recover the bodies are common topics of conversation on every street corner in the city. But what will never become common are the empty places, formerly filled by these men, which will be left in the everyday life of Helper and its people.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



James "Jim" Cima

James Cima

Final rites were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 for James "Jim" Cima, 77, resident of Helper for over 40 years, who died Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the City County hospital in Price of thrombosis.

Rev. Francis R. Lamothe conducted the services in the St. Anthony Catholic church.

Mr. Cima was born June 21, 1871, at San Calomano, Italy, a son of Antiona and Antonia Rosario Cima, and came to this country when he was 16 years of age. Forty-five years ago he came to Carbon county, first settling in Castle Gate and then in Helper where he raised his family.

During the last few years Mr. Cima was employed by Helper City in various capacities, most of which was at the Mt. View cemetery as caretaker, where he was buried. He had been a member of the United Mine Workers and was a charter member of Stella D'America lodge. He held a medal indicating he was one of the founders of the lodge and dated Jan. 15, 1898.

Another Helper Pioneer Answers the Final Call of his Maker

A week ago friends and relatives of James (Jim) Cima met at the St. Anthony Catholic church here where they paid silent tribute and honor to another of this city's pioneer builders who had answered the call of his maker.


Virginia (Filippini),
John (Jack) James Cima
Castle Gate about 1902

Jim Cima, as he was familiarly know by all who knew him, like many of the sturdy men and women who built the western frontier, came to America because of economic reasons. He chose Carbon county as his future home and the coal mines as the place to earn a livelihood for himself and his family.

In the nearly half century he lived in this community Jim Cima raised a fine family of boys and girls - he gave them the benefit of a father's council, and encouraged them to become upright citizens. Success was his in this respect. He was not a man to parade his talents out in front, but rather he remained pretty much in the background content to do as he was asked, which was perhaps one of his greatest virtues - doing every job given him the best he could.

I knew Jim Cima's family much better than I knew him, but I have observed his characteristics that went into the development of this community and I hasten to join his countless friends in offering a word of consolation to his sons and daughters who mourn the passing of their father.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



Virginia Filippini Cima Melens Wiley

Virginia Filippini

HELPER, Carbon County - Virginia M. Wiley, 92, former resident of Helper, died Jan 12, 1979, in a Salt Lake City nursing home.

Born Aug. 17, 1886, Loredo, Texas to Angelo and Maria Colombo Filippini. Married James Cima in 1900. He later died. Married Joseph Melens. He died. Married Charles Wiley in 1947. He died in 1955. Member Catholic Church. Former resident of Carbon County.

Catholic chapel services Friday 1 p.m. at the Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price, where friends may call Thursday and Friday prior to services. Burial, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



Pete Cima

Spring Glen - Pete Cima, 72, died January 10, 1977 at home following a long illness.

Born October 31, 1904, Johnson City, Illinois to James and Virgina Filippini Cima. Married Mary Kos July 30, 1927 in Price, Utah. Member Catholic Church, retired from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad where he was an engineer with 30 years service.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday 1 p.m. St. Anthony's Church in Helper. Holy Rosary was Tuesday Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price. Burial Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.




Leopold & Zoe Ellen Leonard Family
Back row: Zoe, Leo, Stanley, Lee,
Max, Evelyn, Robert, Birdie
Front Row: Paul, Emmett, Clair

Leopold Leonard

6 Mar 1962

PRICE - Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Price Third Ward chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for Leopold Leonard, 80, 276 S. Carbon Ave.

Mr. Leonard, well known central Utah musician died of natural causes Wednesday afternoon in a Salt Lake hospital.

Born Oct. 28, 1882, in Kamas, Summit County, a son of George Bradford and Julia Hilcock Leonard. He married Zoe Ellen Powell June 17, 1904, in Price. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She died April 19, 1962.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Provo, he was a musician, salesman and bookkeeper.

Survivors include the following, sons and daughters, 32 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Musician, 80, of Price, Dies in S.L.

Special to the Tribune

Leopold & Zoe Ellen Powell Leonard
Leopold & Zoe Ellen
Powell Leonard

PRICE - Leopold Leonard, 80, 276 S. Carbon Ave., well known central Utah musician, died of natural causes Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in a Salt lake hospital.

Mr. Leonard, was born Oct. 28, 1882 in Kamas, Summit County, a son of George Bradford and Julia Hilcock Leonard. He married Zoe Ellen Powell June 17, 1904, at Price. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. She died April 19, 1962.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Provo, he was a musician, salesman and bookkeeper.

He was for many years leader of the Night Hawks Orchestra which performed in Price and southeastern Utah. He also was active in baseball and in civic and political organizations.

Survivors include the following, sons and daughters, 32 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Price Third LDS Ward Chapel.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



Zoe Ellen Powell Leonard

PRICE - Mrs. Zoe Ellen Powell Leonard, 74, 276 South Carbon Ave., died of natural causes Thursday, 1:15 p.m., in a Price hospital. Born Dec 6, 1887, Price, to John Ammon and Sarah Jane Plum Powell. Married to Leo Leonard, later solemnized, Salt Lake Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Active, LDS Church Relief Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Price musical groups. Funeral Monday, 11:30 a.m., Price Third LDS Ward Chapel. Friends call Wallace Funeral Home Sunday and at Ward Chapel Monday one hour prior to service. Burial, Salem City Cemetery.

The information for this individual was received from Ernest Cima.



George W. Mollard

HELPER, Carbon County - George William Mollard, 87, Helper, died Dec. 1, 1974, in a Salt Lake hospital.

Born July 9, 1887, Maston, Mich., to George Evans and Elisabeth Jane Bath Mollard. Married Julia McKendrick April 15, 1924, Castle Dale, Emery County; she died Aug 3, 1963. Retired coal miner. Seventh Day Adventist; UMWA No. 1681. Veteran WWI. Member DAV.

Funeral Thursday 1 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price, where friends call Wednesday 7 - 9 p.m., before services. Burial, Carbonville, Carbon County Cemetery.

Information received from Louise Fox.




Ruth M. Haycock

SPRING GLEN, Carbon County - Ruth Mollard Haycock, 72, Spring Glen, died of natural causes Nov. 9, 1974, in an Ogden hospital.

Born April 24, 1902, Terry, S.D., to George and Elizabeth Mollard. Married Jess B. Haycock; he died 1946. Member, LDS Church.

Funeral Tuesday 1 p.m., Spring Glen LDS Ward Chapel. Friends call Fausett Mortuary, Price, Monday 7 - 9 p.m. at chapel hour before services. Burial Haycock cemetery.

Information received from Louise Fox.




James Christian Larsen

News Advocate - Sept. 3, 1925

James Christian Larsen, 52 years of age, died Sunday afternoon at Helper. He had been a coal miner at Spring Canyon, and bothered for some time with heart trouble. He is survived by his widow.

The body was shipped to Huntington yesterday for burial.

The Sun - Sept. 11, 1925

Thursday of last week the body of James Christian Larsen was taken from Price to Huntington for interment there. He died the Sunday before up at Helper from Chronic heart trouble. Deceased was a miner at Spring Canyon (town) and is survived by his widow. He was about 52 years of age and came to this country in his youth from Denmark.

Information received from William O. Larsen.




Herbert Orvil Larsen

The News Advocate - Sept. 17, 1925

Ernest Arvilla Larson, 20 years of age, was killed in a fall of rock while working in the mine of the Spring Canyon Coal company at Spring Canyon last Thursday. Following services at the coal mining town Monday, the body was shipped to Huntington for burial.

Larson was the second victim within two days in the Carbon district from falling rock in coal rooms. W. A. Everett was fatally injured the day before at Wattis.

Larson's father died less than two weeks ago at Helper from heart trouble. He, too, had been a miner at Spring Canyon.

18 Sept 1925 - The Sun

Funeral services were held in the Huntington Ward chapel last Sunday afternoon for Orvil Larson, a son of Mrs. James E. Larson, who was killed recently in an accident in the mine at Storrs. He was 20 years of age. The boy's father, James C. Larson, was buried there a week ago, having died at Storrs ten days previous to the young man's death. Surviving the boy are the mother, several brothers and sisters and a number of other relatives. Interment was in Huntington cemetery.

Information received from William O. Larsen.




James Henry VanNatta

Eastern Utah Advocate - 15 Feb 1906 page 3

PASSING OF ANOTHER OF THE PIONEERS OF UTAH
J.H. VanNatta, one of the oldest settlers of Castle Valley, passed away at his home at Helper last Sunday of old age and a general breaking down, being at the time of his death in his eighty-seventh year. He came to this part of the state in 1862.

The funeral services were held at Spring Glen yesterday and were attended by many old friends and acquaintances. The speakers were Bishop Rowley, C. H. Cook and Thomas Rhodes, all long acquaintances and friends of the deceased.

Previous to his passing the deceased had been confined to his home but a short time, being an exceptionally alert person for his age up to a year ago.

If you are related to this family please contact Clive Baxter.




Erma Nielson Van Natta

Erma Nielson Van Natta, 79, died May 19, 1977, at her home.

Born Dec 11, 1897, at Ephriam, Utah. A daughter of James Lauritz and Melinda Rasmussen Nielson. Married Jacob Van Natta July 27, 1938, at Ephraim, Utah. He died 1975. Graduated from Snow Academy and attended University of Utah. School teacher for twenty years. Member of Wells Ward. Former officer in the Relief Society; former captain of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Funeral services will be held Monday 12 noon, Wells Ward, 1980 South 5th east. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Sunday 7-9 p.m. and at place of services Monday one hour prior. Burial Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

If you are related to this family please contact Clive Baxter.




Jacob VanNatta

Jacob VanNatta, 84, 1907 - 5th East, died Feb. 6, 1975, in a Salt Lake nursing home after a short illness.

Born Jan 27, 1891, Helper, Carbon County, to James Henry and Margaret Ellen Partington VanNatta. Married Jeanette Checkets Aug 18, 1910, Price; she died in 1922. Married Erma Nielson, July 27, 1938. Ephraim. Locomotive engineer, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Co. Member Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers No. 713; Rio Grande Railroad Veterans; Engineers Railroad Honor Club.

Survivors: wife: son, daughter, 2 grandchilren; 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday noon, 260 E. South Temple where friends call Sunday 7 - 8 p.m. hour before services. Burial, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

If you are related to this family please contact Clive Baxter.




Robert J. VanNatta

Requlem Mass for Robert Joseph VanNatta, 46, 435 E. 1st South, who was electricuted Monday will be celebrated Thursday, 10 a.m. St. Anthony's Catholic Church, helper. Holy Rosary Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Mitchell Funeral Home, Price. Friends call Tuesday 6 -8 p.m. 4330 S. Redwood Rd. Burial Helper Cemetery. Born June 4, 1919, Helper, to Henry and Anna Parrish VanNatta. Married Dora Donahue. Divorced. Served U.S. Marines, World War II. welder, Simpson Steel Fabricators & Erectors, Inc. Member Catholic church. Survivors: daughters, two grandchildren, brothers, sisters.

If you are related to this family please contact Clive Baxter.




William Clifford VanNatta

HELPER, Carbon County - William Clifford VanNatta, 63, Helper, died Dec. 23, 1974 in a Price hospital.

Born Dec 19, 1913, Helper, to Henry and Anna Parish VanNatta. Married Helen Pilling June 2, 1938, Price. Yard master, Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Member Catholic Church; Price Elks Lodge.

Surviors: wife; daughters, 2 grandchildren; brother, sister.

Funeral Mass Friday 10 a.m., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Helper, Rosary Thursday 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price, where friends call Wednesday and Thursday. Burial, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

If you are related to this family please contact Clive Baxter.




Bonnie A. Van Natta

PRICE - Bonnie Ann Van Natta, year old daughter of Roger A. and Margie Skipwith Van Natta, died Monday after an illness. Born here March 9, 1954. Survived by parents, a sister and a brother, grandmother. Funeral Thursday 2 p.m., Fourth Ward chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends call at Mitchell Funeral Home Wednesday and Thursday until service. Burial Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.

If you are related to this family please contact Clive Baxter.



George A. Murphy

The News Advocate, Price, Utah
April 10, 1919, pg 3

George Murphy is Shown Honor

A beautiful and expensive gold watch suitabley engraved was the means which the miners at Kenilworth took to express their regard for George A. Murphy, who has just retired after eight years service with the Independent Coal and Coke Company as general manager. As Mr. Murphy was not at Kenilworth when the time came for the presentation, it was presented to him on behalf of the residents of the camp by President C.N. Strevell, Mr. Murphy will become superintendent of the Knight properties at Storrs on April 16. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, having finished his engineering course in 1892. He spent two years with a coal company in Indiana and then came west to enter the employ of the Union Pacific Coal company in Wyoming. After nine years service with this company, he joined the Independent staff and remained until March 31 of this year. The token of esteem from the men under him and his letter to them tell how amicable have been their relations. The letter follows:

Dear Mr. Elwood,
Last evening Mr. Strevell handed me a package which proved to be the most beautiful watch I have ever seen. On the inner case was most artistically engraved, "Presented to George A. Murphy as a token of appreciation by the employees of the Independent Coal & Coke Company, Kenilworth, Utah, March 31, 1919."

My command of language is entirely inadequate to express my appreciation of this splendid gift which the boys have seen fit to give me. I value it most because of the spirit in which it is tendered that of sincere friendship - and also because its quality is such that it may be handed down to my posterity as an heirloom which any man may be proud to have.

It is particularly gratifying to me at this time because it is material evidence that I have at least been partially successful in my endeavor to be fair with every one of the company's employees during the eight years of my close association with them. I shall treasure this gift as no other that I have ever received because it comes from those with whom I have been so closely identified and who have given me such loyal support in the work I have had to do.

I leave the service of the company with a pang of regret because of the many warm friendships formed at Kenilworth. I shall indeed consider myself fortunate and will be contented with my lot if my future business connections throw me in a community in which I may form friendships such as those enjoyed at Kenilworth. I am glad that my new position brings me so close that I may "drop in" occasionally.

Please extend to the good people of Kenilworth my sincerest thanks for their splendid present, and say that I hope soon to be able to thank them in person.
Yours sincerely,
George A. Murphy

If you are related to this family please contact Christa Klemme.


George A. Murphy, Mining Man, Dies

George Allen Murphy, 68, prominent Utah mining engineer, died Monday of heart disease in a Yellowstone National park hotel, according to word received here Wednesday. Mr. Murphy was born in Pontiac, Ill., July 16, 1868. For a number of years he had been employed by the Union Pacific Coal company and the Kenilworth Coal company. His last project was with the Spring Canyon coal company. His Salt Lake City residence was at the Elks club. He is survivied by his widow, Mrs. Emma Louise Murphy of Los Angeles, Cal.; a son, William J. Murphy, Long Beach, Cal.; a daughter, Mrs. Laila Evans of Los Angeles, and a sister, Mrs. Lutie Graves, Los Angeles. The body is at Kingdon Lees mortuary. Funeral services will be announced later.

Obituary submitted by Wilfred Peters.



Dee Hamblin Palmer

Wellington, Carbon County- Funeral services for Dee Hamblin Palmer, 29, who died Nov. 5, 1969 in Creede, Colo. from injuries sustained in a mining accident, will be Monday 1 p.m. Wellington First LDS Ward Chapel. Friends call Fausett mortuary, Price, Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday prior to services. Burial Wellington Cemetery. Born Jan. 30, 1940, Payson, to Clifford A. and Iris Hamblin Palmer. Married Gertrude Burk. Divorced. Married Donna Osburn Dec. 11, 1968, Moab. Member LDS Church. Served 8 years, U.S. Air Force. Survivors: widow; son, daughters.

Information donated by Kate Laughlin.



James George Callaway

The Sun
Dec. 3, 1931

James George Callaway, pioneer resident of Price, died at his home Thursday after an illness brought on by heart trouble. Callaway had made his home here for 35 years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the J.E. Flynn Funeral chapel. Speakers were Ernest S. Horsley and Mayor W. F. Olson. Interment was in the Price City cemetery.

Callaway was born in Eugene, Ore., on July 30, 1867. He is survived by his widow, Annie Peterson Callaway; one daughter, Mrs. Sims, Los Angeles, Calif.; four sons, Clifford, Edward Callaway, Mutual; Roland and Leland of Price.

Information received from Jessica Sury and Kathleen Lawrence.



Clifford L. Callaway

POCATELLO, Idaho - Clifford Leon Callaway, 66, died in a local hospital Aug. 31 after a long illness. Born Sept. 17, 1901, Price, Utah, to James George and Annie Petersen Callaway. married Gwendolin Larsen Dec. 8, 1922, Castle Dale, Utah. Employed many years with Eastern Utah Telephone Company, Price. Moved to Pocatello 1934. Worked for Post Office Department, later for Challenge Creamery until retirement in 1962. Veteran WW II. Member LDS Church. Survivor: Widow. Funeral Tuesday, 2 p.m., Henderson Funeral Chapel where friends call until time of service. Burial with military honors. Mountain View cemetery.

Information received from Jessica Sury and Kathleen Lawrence.



C. Edward Callaway

SPRINGVILLE - C. Edward Callaway, age 69, at Springville, died October 9, 1982, in the Utah Valley Hospital of a heart ailment.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. Springville 8th / 10th ward chapel, 355 East Center. Friends may call Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, Monday, 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Interment, Farmington City Cemetery.

Information received from Jessica Sury and Kathleen Lawrence.



L.D.S. Funeral For Victim Mine Mishap

An L.D.S. funeral service for Leland "Bud" Maurice Callaway, 27, who died Fridays, January 14, as a result of injuries received in a Geneva mine accident near Dragerton was conducted by Bishop Frank Bryner at Price tabernacle Wednesday, January 19. Interment was in Price cemetery.

Mr. Wallace was crushed by a piece of coal which broke loose from the face of the shaft while he was helping operate a cutting machine.

Mr. Callaway was born in Price, April 25, 1917, and was a cutting mechanic. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hana Liddell Callaway, son Gary and daughter Kathleen, all of Dragerton; three brothers, Clifford of Santa Monica, California, Edward and Roland, with America's armed forces; a sister Mr. Edna Fitzgerald, Pocatello, Idaho, and mother, Mrs. Ana Gaillard Callaway, Pocatello, Idaho.

Wallace mortuary had charge of the arrangements.

Information received from Jessica Sury and Kathleen Lawrence.



Stanley G. Colby

GEORGE COLBY (URDIX STILLMAN (ANDY), JOHN) was born 1862 in New York, and died 1897 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. He married AGNES AMELIA PETERSON May 25, 1896 in Sandy, Utah. She was born May 04, 1867 in Oslo, Norway, and died September 02, 1945 in Garfield, Utah. Child of GEORGE COLBY and AGNES PETERSON is: STANLEY G. COLBY, b. February 28, 1897, Orangeville, Utah; d. January 1984, Price, Utah.

STANLEY G. COLBY (GEORGE, URDIX STILLMAN (ANDY), JOHN) was born February 28, 1897 in Orangeville, Utah, and died January 1984 in Price, Utah. He married ANA BIRDELLA TIDWELL April 16, 1918 in Price, Utah. She was born December 28, 1897 in Wellington, Carbon County, Utah, and died May 07, 1992 in Helper, Carbon County, Utah. Child of STANLEY COLBY and ANA TIDWELL is: STANELY GLEN COLBY, b. July 08, 1921, Storrs, Utah; d. August 1983, Wellington, Carbon County, Utah.

Information received from Ronald Mosher.



James Elsdon Chapman

James Elsdon Chapman was born 10 / 20 Nov 1882 in Streator, Illinois. He was killed on May 30, 1945 by being crushed between a timber and motor.

Information received from Brenda Vires.



Heber Russell Meets a Horrible Death

Eastern Utah Advocate
9 July 1914

Heber Russell, aged 32, employed by Lafe Bowns, a Provo sheepman, met a horrible death near the D. & R.G. passenger depot in this city about four o'clock Monday afternoon, when he attempted to board a moving freight train. Sunday Russell had assisted in loading some sheep at Colton to be taken to Colorado. He came to Price Sunday evening, spent the night here on business and expected to catch the train hauling the sheep and accompany it to Colorado. When the train pulled into the local station, Mr. Russell evidently thought it was not going to stop, so he tried to board it while in motion, with the result that he was thrown under the wheels and horribly mangled, dying before his body was picked up. The body was taken to the undertaking rooms of Pace & Tingley, where it was later viewed by Coroner Middleton and Messrs. G.E. Nelms, W.E. Anderson and McC Wilson, who had been empanelled as jurors. The inquest was held between 5 and 6 o'clock that evening and the jurors found that deceased came to his death through his own fault, holding the railroad company blameless.

The testimony of half dozen eye witnesses was to the effect that the train was slowing up to stop and was not running to exceed six to seven miles per hour.

Deceased leaves a divorced wife and four children, the latter ranging from one to seven years in age. Two of the children are in the care of Mrs. W.B. Curtis of this city and it was to arrange for their care that the father came to Price. The other two children are with relatives on the reservation. He is survived by a father, A.J. Russell, five brothers, David, Myron and Harrison of Nine Mile, and John W. and Charles H. of Idaho, and one sister, Mrs. Lillian Lee of Vernal. The father, Myron and Harrison and wife and the widow of deceased attended the funeral, which was held from the L.D.S. Tabernacle at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, with President Horsley officiating and speaking by John H. Pace and John Potter. The remains were interred in the Price cemetery.

16 July 1914
Eastern Utah Advocate
Donation to family of Heber Russell, deceased

Sheepmen of this section met Sunday and donated liberally to the family of Heber Russell, who was killed last week by a freight train. Following are the donators and the amounts subscribed by each:

$5.00 from: Joe Lavigne, John Duerden, Joe Gaillard, H. Garnier, Henry Levour, Wm. A. Robinson, S.W. Robinson, Pierre Curutchet, Willis Bartholamew
$2.00
Peter Mazet, Mar Blank
$1.00
August Renier, Jean Aldasora, J.H. McKindrick, Orsen Brothersen, Julian Gastelurnta, Joe Palany

9 July 1914
Eastern Utah Advocate
Heber Russell Killed

Heber Russell of Nine Mile met with a shocking death in the local freight yards Monday morning by being thrown under a freight train. The wheels severed the body into four pieces, crushing the features beyond recognition.

He had come to Price with a bunch of sheep which had been loaded for Kansas City. He thought the train was pulling out and as he was to accompany the sheep east he attempted to board it but missed his footing and was thrown underneath.

The deceased was only 30 years of age and leaves a wife and four children. Interment took place here yesterday, services being conducted from the tabernacle.

If you are related to this individual please contact Julia Roberts.



Life in the Mines, In Carbon County, Utah

By Raymond David Stevenson

I'll try to describe Sunnyside mine where I lived. As long as I can remember there were all kinds of nationalities in this coalmine area. There were Greeks, Austrians, Italians, Japanese, Chinese, and Englishmen, but especially Italians. There were Irishmen and Welshmen too, and they all lived in this little town of Sunnyside. During the First World War there were about five thousand people there. All these people came in from the old country, and lots of them couldn't speak English, and those that did, spoke broken English. I got to mingle with all these people and all those kids. I got to help teach Greek kids to speak English and I got to go to school with them. I got to eat with them and drink with them and learned their habits - more and more different habits. I got to learn a little of every kind of language, mostly swear words, but words anyway. But the best part of it was the different ways people lived. I'd go in and eat with the Greek kids, and I'd go in and eat with the Italian kids, the Japanese kids, and the others. It was completely different from our way of living. We'd call them "spaghetti fiends" and they'd call us "Mormons." In this little town we had our Greek town and Italian town and "Gobblers Nob," and all that. But we still all kind of mingled together. We kids were closer; there must have been about 700 kids in school then.

They had all kinds of coke ovens in the town because during the war they needed to produce coke to make steel. They had big, big coke ovens there in Sunnyside. They would mine the coal and make coke and the whole town would be smoky because they never caught any of the gas like they do now. They would send this coke in most cases to Columbia Steel, that place between Provo and Springville, but some of it they saved and sent all over for use as fuel. I don't know where they sent it before then or since because Columbia has shut down.

We had some of the better baseball teams in the county. That's what everybody played during the summertime. There weren't any swimming pools around so we made our own in the creek that went down through the middle of town. We'd get gunnysacks, put dirt in them, and then dam up the creek and make us a swimming pond. Once in a while a flood would come down and wash it all away, then we'd rebuild it. It was a good thing that it flooded out because all the sewers and everything was thrown into the creek. There was no such thing as inside plumbing; there were only outside toilets at that time and it all went underground into the creek. All the water from the bathhouses and all the dirt that was washed down was caught in our swimming pond. It's a wonder we didn't all die.

In Sunnyside there were two mines and they both had bathhouses for the men. All the men used those bathhouses, all the nationalities together, except the Japanese and they had their own. The Japanese used to have a big tub; it was about twenty-feet square and about three-feet deep. They would all get into it together and bathe in the same water. We used to go up and peek at them through the holes and they'd catch us and chase us away. The women used to go up once a week. Us kids used to take a bath in a number two-washtub set up in the middle of the floor. As we got older though, we'd sneak into the mine bathhouses and take a shower, then sometimes we'd shower twice a day.

There was a boiler house where they had 8 or 10 boilers. They made steam for power. There was very little electricity then, just enough for a few lights in town. What they used most of their steam for was to run the big steam engines to crush the coal at the Tipple. They had electric locomotives that they ran on a trolley line in the mine and hoists and lights. They used to load their coal by hand. They'd pick and drill holes and shoot it and then they'd get paid .40, .50, .60 cents a ton for loading it. It was mostly all contract work.

Some of the mines were two or three miles deep. There were cave-ins that killed a lot of men. Explosions and real disasters. I was never in one, although I went into the mines when I was about fourteen years old with my dad. I can't remember how much money I got paid then, but it couldn't have been much. On idle days my dad would go in and run pumps, like on a Sunday or sometimes when the mine wasn't running and I'd go with him and stay all day. Dad was a boss during the week, but on Sundays the men would take turns running the pumps to keep the mines from drowning out from underground streams. The streams would fill the lower parts and they would have to pump the water out so they could work. They pumped during the week too, but the men working there kept it pumped out. The mines ran down into the ground on a slope then they'd break off into each side and that's how they'd get their coal. They couldn't take it all out of one big place or the whole mountain would cave in.

Sunnyside was twenty-eight miles east of Price. There's Sunnyside, Columbia, Dragerton up there now which wasn't there before. Sunnyside is called Kaisers mine now. The mines are still running and there are still people living in Sunnyside. It was pretty good money at that time, better than average. Most of the coalmines closed down in the summer because nobody bought coal to heat their houses. This was before natural gas came into this part of the country. After natural gas came in they kept closing down mines and closing down mines until only industry and powerhouses buy coal now, because gas is used to heat houses now.

Winter never bothered us kids. The bigger the winter, the better we liked it. We went sleigh riding and skating. We skated on hills and down in the creek. The snow would pack down so hard we could skate down the hills. Up above our house there were ledges, red ledges and white ledges. Up on this red ledge we had an old shack. We used to steal chickens and potatoes and onions from our folks and we'd go up there and cook them. We kids had more fun in the summer up in the ledges. We'd climb the mountains all day long. It was a good place to stay out of mischief, and our folks just let us run. There were probably a few places that we should have stayed away from, like those big high cliffs. With us kids climbing all over them, it's a wonder one of us didn't get killed. One guy or two broke their legs though.

We used to have our own little coalmines up on the hill. We used to go up and dig this coal out and light little fires and then we had pipes we'd gather up and put them in the coal. It's a wonder we didn't get our eyes put out because we'd get these pipes red hot and then we'd pour water on them and the steam would come "whooshing" out. We'd have whistles on one end. We used to play ball on the old slack dump. (That's ground up coal; it's powdery and black). There were whole piles of it out there. We kids used to play baseball on it. They'd use this slack to put into the ovens to make coke, and where they took some of the slack out it would be kind of level. Down below in town they had a nice big ball diamond and sometimes we used to go down there and play, but you know how kids are, in their own backyards playing. We'd come home so black you couldn't tell who we were. Our mothers would give us a beating, tell us to stay home, make us take a bath, then we'd be back at the same place, playing ball again.

We used to spend a lot of time in the barn. They used to use horses in the mines. They'd pull the car cars and pull the coal out of the mine. They'd pull the coal up to the parting (that's where the shafts separated), then a hoist would take it from there. They had about 30 or 40 great big mules or horses that they'd keep in this big barn. We kids used to go up on top of this barn and throw rocks and everything else at these mules. We'd use flippers and BB guns and anything else we could lay our hands on. There was a man who was supposed to tend to them, but he couldn't tend to them and watch us too. He was called Barn Boss and he was real mean. I think his name was Cofford or something, but he sure was mean. We were up there one day and there was this one tough mule and we were poking the mule in the hind end with a piece of pipe. We were jabbing him and he was kicking the barn so hard the shingles were coming off the rock. Well, something hit me so hard I darn near passed out. This old Cofford had hit me with a black snake whip and made a great big S shape welt on my back. We really high-tailed for home. Of course I couldn't tell my dad or he'd have killed me for even being up there. One time a bunch of us kids were swimming up in the canyon. I was about fourteen I think, and this Greek neighbor of ours who lived up the road, got into a fight with another Greek. This other guy shot him right between the eyes, then he ran up the canyon. So I think he was muttering some kind of prayer. I've seen men in the mines crushed by slabs. When I was about 33 I broke my arm in the coalmine. I got hit with a hoist and had to have a steel plate put in my arm. Then the screws came out and they had to operate again. I was about two years laid up with that broken arm.

Living in the mines was a real colorful life; I don't know anybody who has had as colorful life as I've had. All these people I lived around taught me a lot about human nature and how to get along. I've learned to talk broken Greek, and Italian and everything else. It's been an interesting place to grow up in.

This story was donated by Christine Frawley Hill.



Mike Francis (Emmanual Frageskakis)

Mike Francis

Emanuel Fragekakes, also known as Mike Francis, came to the coal camps of Carbon County in the early 1910's. He and other family members lived in Sunnyside, Castle Gate, Columbia and Spring Canyon area.

Mike and his brother, Frank Fragakakes, became the owners of the Maple Creek Mine in Spring Canyon. The mine was located on the south side of road past the Standardville turnoff. The company was incorporated on the 8th of June 1926 and was in operation until April of 1931 when a fire destroyed the tipple and other equipment. Attempts were made to rebuild but the company was forced to close on July 20, 1937.

Mike and Frank Fragekakes and their families left Carbon County and the coal mines looking for a better way of life. They went to Salt Lake City for awhile but eventually ended up in California.

Maple Creek Coal Company Official Dies in Salt Lake

The Sun-Advocate
Nov. 11, 1948

Mike Francis, 63, Salt Lake City, owner and operator of the Maple Creek Coal company and mine in Carbon County, died last Friday at 8:45 in a Salt Lake City hospital with a heart ailment.

Born in 1885 in Vamos, Crete, he was a son of Gus and Goldie Haralahakis Franzishakis. He had been a resident of the United States 39 years, 33 of which were spent in Salt Lake City.

A member of the Pan Cretan association, Minos lodge, Mr. Francis also was a member of the Greek Orthodox church.

Survivors include two brothers, Frank Francis, Salt Lake City; Rev. George Franzishakis, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Sargetakis, both of Vamos; eight nieces and nephews, including Frank J. Francis and Mrs. Goldie Angelo, Salt Lake City.

Family representative for this family is Michael Francis. If you are related to the family or have any questions or comments please contact him.



Kula Mavrakis Francis

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 11, 2011

June 28, 1919-June 7, 2011
Resident of Saratoga

Loving wife, mother, yiayia, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. Kula passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at age 91 with her family surrounding her.

Kula was born June 28, 1919 in Sunnyside, Utah to Nick and Mary Mavrakis. She married the love of her life, Frank Francis in 1939. She was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, where she previously served as President of the Philoptochos Society. Kula was very active in Greek-American social life including the Ikaros Chapter of the Pancretan Association. Kula was a long time member of the Daughters of Penelope having served in several offices including District Governor. Kula was loved by all who knew her and most of all she loved her family and her faith. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank. Kula is survived by her two sons, two daughters, her grandchildren; five great grandchildren, two brothers and many nieces and nephews.

Trisagion Service Monday June 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Funeral Service, Tuesday June 14 at 10:30 a.m., both at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis Street, San Jose, CA 95126, with interment at Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose.

Additional Information:

Kula was born June 28, 1919 in the coal camp of Sunnyside, Utah, to parents Nick and Mary Mavrakis, immigrants from the island of Crete, Greece. She spent most of her early years in the Carbon County coal camps of Sunnyside, Mutual and Columbia, and graduated from Carbon High School in 1937.

Kula moved up to Salt Lake City to attend business college, and while in SLC, she met Frank Francis, who was also born in Carbon County (Winter Quarters). On June, 4, 1939, Frank and Kula were married at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, in Price, Utah.

Kula and Frank lived in Salt Lake City, where their first three children were born: James 1940, Mary in 1942, and Michael in 1950.

In 1952 Kula and Frank moved the family to San Francisco to be closer to his brothers and sisters. In 1955 they then moved to South San Francisco, where in 1956 their daughter Heidi was born.

In 1958 the family moved to San Jose, where they were co-owner of The Echo restaurant, in Los Altos and later enjoyed a most successful life from Frank's career in real estate. Kula and Frank were the most loving couple having celebrated 41 years of marriage before Frank passed away in 1980.

She loved so much in life and gave so much to others. Kula enjoyed Giants and 49'er games, weekly get togethers with her sister in-laws and close friends for the past 60 years, poker games with her nephews, daughters and grandsons, reading many novels, and hearing her sons play saxophone duets together. She had a love for roses and all thing pretty.

Kula was a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, and was very active in Greek-American social life. She served as President of the Philoptochos Society of St. Nicholas and was a long-time member of the Daughters of Penelope, holding many offices, including Chapter President and District Governor. In 2010 Kula was honored for her lifetime of work with the Daughters. She was also very active in the Ikaros Chapter of the Pancretan Association, and often wrote the chapter news for their national magazine.

Family representative for this family is Michael Francis. If you are related to the family or have any questions or comments please contact him.



Mary Galanis Mavrakis

Sun Advocate - Thursday, February 13, 1941

Mrs. Mary Mavrakis, 42, of Columbia, died this morning at 5:00 a.m. after a heart attack.

Mrs. Mavrakis was born in Varnos, Crete, Greece, in 1899, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Petro Galanis of Vamos, Greece. She came to the United States in 1915 making her home in Denver until 1929 when she moved to Columbia. She had lived there since.

Mrs. Mavrakis had been an active member of the Arcadi club of Carbon County. At the time of her death she was the president of the Women's Pan-Cretan organization.

She is survived by her husband, Nick Mavrakis, and the four children.

Also surviving her are her mother, one sister, two brothers and one grandson living in Salt Lake City.

Family representative for this family is Michael Francis. If you are related to the family or have any questions or comments please contact him.



Louis Kouross (Kavros)

News Advocate - August 21, 1930 pg 1

Injuries Fatal to Coal Mine

Crushed between two coal cars while working in the New Peerless Mine in Price Canyon, Louis Kauross, 35, suffered injuries which resulted in his death at the Rolapp hospital Tuesday evening. According to Dr. William Merrell, Kauross sustained several fractured ribs, internal injuries and sever bruises.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Kauross and one daughter, Katherine, 4. He was born in Greece, September 12, 1893 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Manue Kauross. No funeral arrangements have been made. Remains are at the J. E. Flynn funeral parlor.

Family representative for this family is Michael Francis. If you are related to the family or have any questions or comments please contact him.



Harry Blackwell - 1909 - 1995

From Salt Lake we moved to the town of Storrs, later known as Spring Canyon in Carbon County. It was established about 1911 or 1912. Over the mine portal where there was a cement entrance, it said 1912. The people who first moved into that region lived in tents. They built the tents up maybe about 4 or 4 1/2 feet to 5 feet on the sides with lumber. Then they covered it with canvas. That's the way they lived until they could get the rock houses which were later built.

Jessie Knight was the founder of the mining camp. He had come across the plains with his mother and dad and he wasn't too active in the Church. In fact, he may have been a little bit the other way. He had a daughter that he loved very much and she became very sick. They were afraid that she was going to die and he was so upset that he promised the Lord that if He would save her that he would do an about face. She became well and later became Mrs. Mangum and she and her husband lived on 4th East and Center Street in Provo. She lived to be quite an elderly lady. Jessie Knight wouldn't allow any saloons or drinking in the camp. If anyone was found involved in such he was asked to move out.

Before Jessie Knight came, the mine was a wagon mine and some men from Helper used to go up to the area with their wagons and get coal out from their homes and haul it down to Helper. Jessie Knight bought the mine from a man in that area, I heard he gave him $100 for it. He assigned a man from American Fork named Mr. Storrs to run the camp. Jessie shipped the coal down to Helper on the D&RG Railroad. He thought that they were charging him too much freight and he couldn't get them to reduce the rates so he started to build a tunnel at Spanish Fork Canyon and another at Thistle to build his own railroad. When the D&RG saw that he was serious they reduced their rates. The railroad into that area from Colorado to Salt Lake was completed in 1883. It is said that Jessie Knight built 65 rock homes, although I only remember about 42. Now all the buildings are gone and the town no longer exisits as the coal veins gave out.

We went as a family into Storrs in the Fall of 1914 or the summer of 1915. My younger sister, Nelly, was born November 3rd, 1915 in this town. There was quite a bit of work for men, but they lacked housing. My folks knew the Sam Faddis family in that area and they were kind enough to provide living quarters in their home until we could obtain a house. We later got a two room house in the same general area as the Faddis home, just below it if I remember. This is where I lived when I started school on the stage of the LDS Church. It was a rock structure and I was also baptized there at a later time wearing a pair of overalls at the age of 9. I met some very good people and I grew up with kids of all nationalities. We had up there, I suspect, about every nationality there was. I remember a friend whose name was Carlo Prepaireo and we were in the first or second grade. We were just like bosom pals all the time, riding sleds and whatever together. We had a fine association.

The town was, I guess you might say, in about four parts. We had the main part of town where the rock houses were which had ready access to the store and the Post Office and the boarding house. Across the creek was Tent Town. When the tents became worn out and undesirable for dwelling, the company put frame homes in their places, so it eventually became not Tent Town anymore, but just the other part of town.

Up the canyon about a mile was Greek Town. The people who lived there, were not all Greek by any means. There were some Japanese, some Italians, etc. There was also an area called "Down Around the Bend" where there were several frame homes and apartment houses plus a few tents. We had quite a community, 1,000 people at one time. At first, we had no schoolhouse and we met in the church. Later on, the county built a red brick school and I attended there. Just below the school there was a bakery and as time went on, there were some tin garages built just across the creek.

There were three homes of rock close to the tipple. That's where coal was sorted by size as it went into the railroad cars. The tipple employed several men, 25 to 40 approximately. We also had a powerhouse which later became a blacksmith's shop. The power house blew up at one time, and it killed one or two men, a sad situation, but those things did happen. It seemed to me that we had a lot of accidents as I was growing up. Things were rather crude and people took many chances.

In order to help with such contingencies, Dad belonged to the Oddfellows, a fraternal organization established other places that found its way into coal camps. I remember very distinctly one day looking around the room in school and seeing five families represented and their dads had broken arms or broken legs or chest injuries and they would be laid up a month or so and couldn't work. The men banded together to help each other over the rough spots. One time Dad was in Holy Cross Hospital in Salt lake City after a horse fell on him and broke his pelvis. Nellie and Beth were in the house with me and there wasn't a thing in the house to eat. I looked out the window, out onto the porch, and there was an orange crate with food in it. This sort of thing happened two or three different times and we suspected that the Oddfellows Lodge provided for us. Dad was a union man and sold memberships in the United Mine Workers. John L. Lewis was President of it. Dad was convinced that men should have rights and be protected in their work place. He was very strong in his opinion, and it seemed that after the strike he had dickens of a time getting a job because he was what they called "blacklisted".

This story was donated by Steve Blackwell. Steve is the grandson of Harry Blackwell. If you are related to or would like more information please contact him.



David Bonvicin

David Bonvicin, 72, former resident of Price died Jan 3, 1975, after a short illness in Hayward, Calif hospital.

Born Sunnyside, Carbon Co., July 9, 1902 to Virgino and Jennie Cereghino Bonvicin. Married Angeline Nick Oct 12, 1932, Price. Member Catholic Church. Retired coal miner.

Survivors wife, Hayward, son, daughter, 6 grandchildren, and sister.

Funeral Mass Wednesday, 10 a.m. Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, Price Rosary Tuesday 7 a.m. Mitchell Funeral Chapel while friends call Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday prior to services.

Burial Price Cemetery.

Information received from Diane McBain.




Frank Walton Henderson

Final rites for Walton Henderson, 18, a member of the rescue crew which met death in the Standardville mine, were held from the Methodist Church in Price at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday with interment taking place in the Price cemetery under direction of J.E. Flynn Funeral Parlors. He was born in Alabama, December 1, 1912, the son of Calvin and Louise Stanley Henderson of Tennessee. He is survived by his father, one brother, Milton and two sisters, Mary and Louise.

Information received from Mary L. Slaten.




Nettie Stewart McGill

MAGNA - Nettie Stewart McGill, 89 (?), 3048 South 8950 West, died Dec. 14, 1978, in a Granger hospital.

Born Sept. 4, 1899, Scofield, Utah, to Richard and Margaret Hunter Stewart. Married Thomas McGill July 3, 1918, Farmington. Member of the Magna Baptist Church, Adah Chapter No. 19 Eastern Star.

Survivors: husband; son, four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Blair, Columbia, MO.

A daughter, Georgia, preceded her in death.

Funeral services Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peel Funeral Home, 8525 W. 2700 South, Magna where friends may call Saturday, 11:30 a.m., until time of service. Burial, Salt Lake City Cemetery.

If you are related to this family please contact Heather E. Blair.




Thomas McGill

MAGNA - Thomas McGill, 87, 3048 S. 8950 West, died Feb 13, 1979, in a Salt Lake hospital.

Born Oct 3 or 8,1891, Leith, Scotland, to James and Mary Randall McGill. Married Nettie Stewart July 8 1918, in Farmington. She died Dec. 14, 1978. Retired painter at Ken Copper Corp. Past master of Christopher Diehi Lodge 19, F&AM. Member of El Kalah Shrine of the Scottish Rite. Member Magna Baptist Church.

Survivors: son, four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services Thursday, 1 p.m. at the Peel Funeral Home, 8525 W. 2700 South, Magna, where friends may call Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., and Thursday 1/2 hour prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.

If you are related to this family please contact Heather E. Blair.




COAL MINING IN MY FAMILY

By: Jason Zaccaria
March 1988
Information from my Grandma Helen Costello

Both sets of my Great-grandparents on my mother's side were from Yogoslavia before coming to the United States in the early 1900's. They came to America seeking labor work in the coal mines and began at Clear Creek Coal Camp in Utah. They had no education and worked very hard under extremely poor conditions with little money or benefits. When they were laid-off they would move to different coal camps. Some families would live in tents as they moved from camp to camp.

My Great-grandparents Frank and Rosie Kastelic lived with my Great-grandparents George and Matilda Sluga until they were able to be on their own, as many families did during that time. Little did they know that someday their two children Helen Sluga and John (Kastelic) Costello would marry and have three daughters. Their second daughter Judy Zaccaria is my mother.

Some of the miners would have their young sons help support the family by working in the mines. They were such young boys that their lunch buckets would drag on the ground. They had horses to pull the coal out of the mine. The camp bosses were more concerned about a horse getting killed in the mines than a coal miner, because they were so valuable. They used canaries to detect deadly gasses in the mine. If a canary died they knew it was not safe for the miners to enter the mine.

When my Grandpa and his three brothers were in school, the oldest brother Frank decided to change the family name of "Kastelic" to "Costello" because the teachers couldn't pronounce Kastelic.

My Great-grandpa Frank Kastelic died in the nationwide 1918 flu epidemic. My great-grandma was so ill herself she couldn't even attend his funeral. He left four young sons - Frank, Tony, Stanley and John. My Grandpa John was only one year old when his father died. Later my Great-grandma Rose Kastelic married Frank Zele who was a very stern and mean stepfather. He made my Grandpa John quit school in the 8th grade to work on the family farm. The principal even tried to convince him to let my Grandpa continue his education because he was very smart, but his stepfather said "no". Despite his lack of education, he accomplished more in his lifetime than many men.

When my Grandpa Costello was 17 years old he went to work in the coal mines. He worked very hard all his life, under some very difficult conditions. Once he worked in such low coal he had to work on his hands and knees for eight or more hours at a time. Some of the miners even worked lying on their backs.

However, coal mining took a big toll on my Grandpa and his health. In 1965 he lost the index finger on his right hand when someone turned on a conveyor belt and his hand was drawn up into the machinery. He also developed "Black Lung" from breathing the black and dusty air in the mines over the years. He had a benign tumor on one of his lungs that had to be removed. He also had three hip replacement surgeries.

Finally, in l972, when his body was tired and worn from 42 years of working in the mines, he retired. Grandpa not only worked as a regular miner but he also was a Fire Boss. That meant going into the mine at 4:00 a.m. to inspect it for deadly methane gas before the miners began their shifts. After his retirement he was an instructor at the local college and taught mine safety classes. He was also very involved with the Retired Miners Association.

Unfortunately my Grandpa Costello died two years ago on February 12, 1986. He was a wonderful Grandpa and I shall always remember him and miss him.

My Great-grandpa George Sluga, Sr. died when he was 38 years old. He was killed in the Great Castle Gate Mine Explosion of March 8, 1924, along with 171 other miners. The sad part is that he was not even supposed to be inside the mine that day. He just happened to bring something into the mine when the explosion occurred. When he died he left my Great-grandma Matilda Sluga a widow with four children - Tillie, George, Annie and Helen. My Grandma Helen was only 11 months old when he died. So both my grandparents lost their fathers when they were extremely young.

People in the town could see the smoke billowing from the mountain and rescue workers worked for days to remove the bodies from the mine. My Great-grandpa Sluga was the 72nd body brought out of the mine. He was found near one of the entrances.

My Great-grandma Sluga later married Tony Tonc, Sr. and they had three children - Tony, Jr., Pauline and Louie.

My mother Judy is from Helper, Utah. The town got it's name because in order to get the coal out of the mountains they needed to add a "Helper" engine to the trains.

My Mom remembers well growing up a coal miner's daughter. She and my aunts Jona and Barbara would complain about having to wash Grandpa's lunch bucket. Grandma would remind them that soon the mines would be laying off men and there would be no bucket to wash.

Grandpa always saved them part of his lunch - whether it was a cookie, piece of licorice candy or Black Jack Gum that he chewed. They would listen nightly to the radio for the mine report to see which mines were working the following day.

Once in a while Grandpa would take my mom and her sisters to the mine. They would go to the Bath House and only once rode a coal car into the mine. It was much too dark, damp and scary in there so they never wanted to go back.

Labor Day was always a fun time. All the different locals would have booths set up at one of the local parks and give free pop, candy, ice cream, etc. to families of those locals all day long.

My mom said there never was a lot of money, but they never had to go without. What they lacked in money, they more than made up in riches of love and family life. Grandpa once told her some years he would only make about $2,000 or $3,000 for the whole year. They just made do with what they had. Grandpa planted a garden, he was a fisherman and a hunter and Grandma canned fruit and vegetables to get them through the winter months.

My Dad, Darryl Zaccaria grew up in Castle Gate, Utah. The mining town got that name because of a tall mountain that looked like a Castle Gate which would appear to open and close as you drove along the highway. Later he moved to Helper, Utah where he eventually met my Mom.

My Dad remembers his youth when his Step-father Rudy Zaccaria also worked in the mines. He worked on the Castle Gate Tipple, which is a transport station for the coal when it comes out of the mine. His job was to extract rock and impure coal that was mined.

My Dad especially recalls the big heavy steam engines that would chug and puff black smoke from their stacks as they took the coal up the canyons. Also, he remembers the white steam that would escape the sides of the engines. When the new diesel engines were used they seemed so modern.

My Dad remembers his step-father Rudy coming home from the mine after showering there and still having remains of coal dust in his eyes, ears and under his fingernails.

Dad said he and his brother Dean especially liked when Grandpa Zaccaria had to work the night shift or graveyard shift because they thought they could get away with more mischief at night.

Besides my Great-grandfathers and my Grandfathers working in the mines I have had several other relatives that made or make mining their way of life. My Mom's Aunt Julia Sluga Zorn worked as a boney-picker for the mines during World War II. That meant she removed rock and other materials from the coal. My Aunt Jona Costello Gonzales is a mine Administration coordinator for seven departments at one of the mines in Carbon County. Uncle David Zaccaria is the President and owner of Tram Electric in Price, Utah. It is a company that repairs and rewinds mine motors. Uncle Bill Jewkes works for Utah Power and Light Company, which converts coal into energy. Second cousins Lynna Tonc Topelovic is a computer programmer for the mines. Her brother Louie Tonc is a mine safety engineer and mine monitor. I have also had several great uncles on both my Mom and Dad's sides of the family that have worked in mining. My Great-grandfather Chris Hrienson also worked in the mines when he came here from Iceland.

Coal mining is not an easy way to make a living. The lives and hard work of the miners is expressed in at least two songs that have been sung about them - "A Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn and "Big John" by Tennessee Ernie Ford. However, due to the United Mine Workers of America and the Federal Government, the conditions in the mines of today have changed for the better, and they continue to do so. The ventilation is much cleaner, the new ways to help support the roofs has greatly improved and better control of dust conditions are all major factors in helping to avoid Black Lund Disease and accidents.

I am very proud of my heritage. Of the struggles and hardships my Great-grandparents had to bear and overcome to live in this beautiful land. I admire the hard work and dedication of my Grandparents to provide a good life for their children, my parents. Also, to my parents for the love and care they have passed along to me in helping me realize who I am and where I come from.

Story received from Judy Zaccaria.




Kirtland Cowan

WELLINGTON, Carbon County - Kirtland Cowan, 76, died Nov 16, 1977.

Born June 27, 1900, Elizabeth City, N.C., to William Walter and Emma Caroline Davenport Cowan. Married Lars Catherine Liddell Chantry, 1975. Member LDS Church.

Survivors: son, daughter, both of Indian Springs, Nev.; stepchildren; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services Thursday, Wellington Second LDS Ward Chapel at 10 a.m. Friends may call at Fausett Mortuary, Price, Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. thursday, one hour before the services at the ward chapel. Buried, Tooele City Cemetery.

Information received from Neil Baker.



Ramona "Mona" Reaveley Cowan

Ramona "Mona" Reaveley Cowan died at home July 11, 1992. She was born to George D. and Belle Gentry Reaveley Feb. 20, 1929 in Consumers, Utah.

She married Byrnell Cowan July 10, 1947 in Great Falls, Montana.

She is survived by her husband, Byrnell, Price; son, daughter. Her grandchildren, brothers and sisters.

Private graveside services were held Monday at the Price City Cemetery. She explicitly requested no flowers.

Information received from Neil Baker.



Byron Cowan

DRAGERTON, Carbon County - Byron Cowan 70, died Aug 25, in a Price hospital after a short illness.

Born April 4, 1898, Weeksville, N.C., to William and Emma Caroline Davenport Cowan. Married Nellie Page Hill, October 21, 1922, Wellington, Carbon County. Later solemnized in Manti LDS Temple. Veteran WWI. Employed as coal miner retired United Mine Workers of America local 9958. Member, American Legion Hiawatha Post.

Survivors: widow; sons, daughter, 11 grandchildren; brother, sister.

Funeral Thursday, 2 p.m., Dragerton LDS Ward chapel. Friends call at Fausett Mortuary, Price, Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday at ward one hour prior to services. Burial Wellington City Cemetery.

Information received from Neil Baker.



Lura Cowan

WELLINGTON - Lura Catherine Liddell Chantry Cowan, 91, died Dec. 15, 1993 at her home in Wellington.

She was born March 23, 1902 in Sunnyside to William Barker and Catherine JuliAnne Blackburn Liddell. She married T. Carol Chantry in 1930 in Wellington. He died in 1971. She later married Kirtland Cowan, who also preceded her in death.

Lura was a member of the LDS Church in the Wellington 3rd LDS Ward. She taught school in Carbon and Emery counties for 44 years. She was also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

She is survived by her children and their spouses; brother and sister-in-law, grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Wellington LDS Stake Center. Friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial, in the Wellington City Cemetery.

Information received from Neil Baker.



Byrnell Cowan

CARBONVILLE - Byrnell "Konky" Cowan, age 72, died Nov. 6, 1995 in Price.

He was born Aug. 20, 1923 in Wellington to Byron and Nellie Hill Cowan. He married Ramona H. Reaveley on July 10, 1947 in Great Falls, Mont. She died July 11, 1992.

He was a lifelong resident of Carbon County, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for U.S. Fuel at Hiawatha for 46 years and was one of the first EMT's in the state of Utah. Konky enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, but most of all his best friend.

He is survived by one son and one daughter, two brothers and one sister, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services were held under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home. Burial, Price City Cemetery.

Information received from Neil Baker.




William Littlejohn

News-Advocate, Price, Utah
Nov. 30, 1916
Littlejohn Candidate

William Littlejohn, superintendent of the mines at Castle Gate, announces himself as a candidate from precinct No. 2 for a place on the county school board. The announcement reached the News-Advocate just a few minutes after we had gone to press last week. Precinct No. 2 comprises Cameron, Castle Gate, Helper, Storrs, Standardville and Rains.

Mr. Littlejohn was born in Scotland and completed the work of the public schools of that country. He later attended night school and has done much private studying which has brought to him a high degrees of scholarship. He has always taken a great interest in educational work. He has six children, five of whom are in school at Castle Gate and one in Carbon County high school. Mr. Littlejohn has been in Carbon County six years, having first taken the position of fire boss at Castle Gate and from that he has risen to his present place of superintendent. In this capacity he has always taken a deep interest in the children of the camp and in anything that will add to their safety and welfare. He is well acquainted with each part of his school precinct and knows what the schools need. If elected he can be counted on to give an impartial and judicious administration of the duties of the office.

(Precinct No. 2 - Castle Gate, helper, Storrs, Standardville - C.R. Jones over William Littlejohn.)


(From the local newspaper, date of death June 17, 1944)

Wm Littlejohn, Leader, Theatre Owner, Killed in Auto Crash; Masonic Funeral Planned Saturday

The Helper community was shocked Wednesday evening to hear of the sudden death of William Littlejohn, 69, who was killed instantly Wednesday at 5 p.m. when the car in which he was riding alone, skidded from the highway between Helper and Castle Gate. He was thrown from his car, which afterward rolled down onto the railroad tracks at Utah Junction. He suffered a broken neck and fractured skull.

Mr. Littlejohn, owner of the Helper Bonnie Theatre, had been in the theatre business for several years, having operated two theatres at Price, prior to moving to Helper about 1936, where he first operated the Strand Theatre, later building the present Bonnie establishment.

Mr. Littlejohn was general superintendent for the Utah Fuel company until 1925, and was considered an authority in the coal industry. Since he left the coal mining business his advice had been sought many times in important coal problems.

He was born in Dreghorn, Ayrshire, Scotland, May 8, 1875, the oldest of 13 children, going to work in the mines at Scotland when 11 years old. He had resided in the United States for 40 years, first living in New Mexico, later coming to Carbon County. He was married to Mary Lindsay in Scotland. She died in Castle Gate in 1918. In 1921 Mr. Littlejohn married Elsie Haas Tanner, who died in 1942.

He was a past grand master of Price lodge, F&AM, also the most worshipful grand lodge of F&AM of the State of Utah, and a former member of the Helper Kiwanis club.

Surviving are three daughters, three sons, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Price Masonic Temple, under direction of Carbon Lodge No. 16. The eulogy will be given by Reverend George J. Weber of Salt Lake City.


(From the local newspaper, one week later)

Editorial Comments…..by the Editor

Helper was saddened and one of its families was severely shocked on June 14, just a week ago, when the news flashed throughout the city that William "Bill" Littlejohn had met with a tragic death as he was returning to his home here from Salt Lake City. His coupe suddenly left the highway near the Utah Railway crossing north of Helper, and crashed into the railway tracks below, killing him instantly.

With the sudden passing of "Bill" Littlejohn, as he was familiarly known to his closest friends, Helper and Carbon county lost a pioneer theatre owner and operator; the coal mining industry lost one of its most learned authorities on coal; the Masonic lodges in Utah lost one of its high potentates and the surviving children lost an affectionate and understanding father.

William Littlejohn was a builder and a creator. He builded that others might enjoy the relaxation of a good movie or a good stage show. He was a creator of beauty in the form of flowers, shrubs, lawns, trees and that which enhances a home and makes it alluring and pleasant to the eye. Besides his family and friends, "Bill" Littlejohn loved his flower beds and his shrubs best. It was here he found relaxation and pleasure.

Those who frequented the Bonnie Theatre will miss "Bill" Littlejohn's friendly smile and his cheerie Scottish "Hello and Good-Night". Hardly was there a day or evening that he was not found in the lobby or standing in front of the Bonnie, ready to greet those who came his way.

Helper, Carbon County, Utah and the nation is a better world for having had as one of its citizens, William "Bill" Littlejohn, who immigrated to America from his native Scotland nearly 40 years ago. Those who believe in a life after death, know that William Littlejohn is now enjoying the peace that comes with having lived a righteous life while on earth.

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John Webster Littlejohn

Funeral services for John Webster Littlejohn, 58, mine foreman for the United States Fuel company mine at Hiawatha who died last week in a Salt Lake City hospital, were conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Masonic temple at Price with Carbon lodge No. 16, F. & A. M., in charge.

Interment was in the Masonic cemetery at Price, where Mr. Littlejohn's wife lies buried. In charge of burial was the Mitchell Funeral home.

Mr. Littlejohn had been intimately connected with the coal mining industry in Carbon county for many years, having served as mine foreman at Standardville and Sunnyside and was an official for a time in Clear Creek.

Following are his survivors: Sons, daughters, brothers and three sisters in Scotland.

If you are related to this family or would like additional information please contact Catharyn Martz.



Mary Lindsay Littlejohn

News Advocate - 21 Aug 1919
Mrs. Littlejohn Goes to Beyond

Rev. P. A. Simpkin has made a second trip from Santa Monica, where he has been spending a vacation, to Carbon County at the call of friends in one of the coal camps. Today he is present in Castle Gate to officiate at the funeral services over the remains of Mrs. William Littlejohn who passed away Monday evening. Services were held in the Amusement hall at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The Castle Gate choir rendered appropriate selections and the body was laid at rest in the Castle Gate cemetery, Mrs. Littlejohn making the request before she died that her remains lie close to the scenes of years of her activity.

Mrs. Mary Lindsay Littlejohn, after an illness dating from April 12th, passed away at her home at Castle Gate Monday afternoon, August 18th, 1919. Mrs. Littlejohn was operated on at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City on April 16th and since that time had been confined to her bed.

She was born at Dreghorn, Scotland, March 28, 1877. On February 3, 1899, she was married to William Littlejohn at Dreghorn, Scotland.

Mrs. Littlejohn emigrated to this country from Scotland, arriving at Castle Gate in June, 1911, where she joined her husband who had preceded her to this country.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Janet and Jeanie, three sons, Alex, James and Robert, also by her mother, one sister and six brothers now residing in Scotland, and one brother, Hugh Lindsay, and one sister, Mrs. Robert Barr, who are residents of Clinton, Ind.

Mrs. Barr came from Indiana in June to be present at the sick bed of Mrs. Littlejohn, and has labored hard in trying to restore her sister's health.

Mrs. Littlejohn was very popular in social and other circles and had the distinction of being one of the hardest Red Cross workers in Carbon county. She was ever ready to set her hands in motion to knit socks, wristlets and mufflers for boys taking part in the world's great war; in fact, she always had their interests at heart.

She will not only be missed by her sorrowing husband, children and immediate relatives, but by the whole populace of Castle Gate and by her many friends of Carbon county and other parts of the state.

If you are related to this family or would like additional information please contact Catharyn Martz.



Anthe Vutetakis

In January 1977, I (Spyros Vutetakis) interviewed my Matera (mother), then age 77, in Canton, OH

Dimitris Vutetakis
Dimitris Vutetakis

BACKGROUND: In the early 1920's, we lived in Sunnyside, Utah, a coal mine town, where I was born in 1921. Dimitris, my Patera (father), born in Kefala, Crete, in March 1887, arrived in America on May 10, 1907 at the port of Boston. He then worked as a miner for about nine years, briefly at first in Canonsburg, PA, before going on to Sunnyside. He became an American citizen sometime in 1914 or 1915. On June 2, 1916, Patera became one of the operators of the Greek coffeehouse, the social center for the many single Greek miners. Then on November 5, 1917, he was inducted into the U.S. Army, where he served for nearly twenty months, including fourteen months in France. He was granted an overseas discharge in France, so he could go directly to Greece, where he stayed for several months. There he arranged to marry Anthe Stratigakis, born September 1899 in Plakoures, Crete.

The Stratigakis family was highly respected. Matera's father, Emmanuel, for example, had been a renowned Klefti (rebel) leader against the Turks during their occupation of Crete (he was famed as the 'Plakouriótis'). The successful 1896 Revolution against the Turks had its headquarters in the family home in Plakoures, on Akrotiri. Venizelos (later to become the George Washington of modern Greece) lived there during six months of the rebellion. In a very unusual step, Patera declined the customary dowry from the bride's family, so privileged did he feel in becoming a member of it. In March 1920 he returned with Anthe to America (through New York but not Ellis Island, as he was a citizen) and Utah. Unfortunately, Patera was never able to revisit Crete, while Matera finally did in 1971 and again in 1973, when there were joyous reunions and celebrations throughout our one month visits there!

The following are excerpts of the 26 page interview made by Spyros Vutetakis.

Vutetakis Family
James & Anthe Vutetakis
with children Spyros & Irene

Question: Do you remember your first impressions of Sunnyside?
"I came by train. I don't remember the first days... but I do remember about certain women" Metera chokes a bit and pauses with tears. "One was Galánena... the golden Galánena. She had two sons and one daughter, Foto (Fotini), whom they were trying to get Patera to marry before he left for the Army".

Galánena was so good... so good... She was like a mother to me.. and not just like a mother, she liked me very much too" .. tearful pause, then resuming... "And Foto was like a sister, we were friends... I think Galánena migrated as a married woman."

"She was always on hand when all three of my children were born... When I had Spyros I didn't even know how to pick up or hold a baby... The dear woman would come and help me... she would cook... She was like my mother"...

This appears to be the coffeehouse staff. Patera sits at far right. The two sitting next to him are his partners, Gogoléss and Alékos. Note their natty clothing and general mien, especially Alekos in his light suit. The two coffeehouse barbers. Mr. Alfiéris and Mr. Louros, are standing in the center. Behind Patera appears to be Mr. Logiákis, close friend of the Fricksons. The two on the left are presumably employees or friends.

The coffeehouse:
"The caffenio section belonged to three - Vutetakis, Vasilis Gogoléss, Alékos Kourtis" The company had built the building, probably charged rent"...

"Also koubaros Alfieris had his barbershop in it, and there was a billiard room, in addition to the large, very large caffenio section.... Alfieris and Kyriakos Louros rented the barbershop from the three others who had the billiard room and the caffenio... They played much billiards"...

I continue re coffeehouses... The coffeehouse was their only social life... "Right"... The men washed themselves and put on their Sunday suits to go there... "Right."... Being well-dressed was a sign of respectability... "Right... yep."... Everyone would go there.. "All of them." .... Laborers, small businessmen, labor agents, interpreters, Greek government officials, priests, gamblers, etc met there. "All of them."... I mention re Paters closing the caffenio when I was born.. "Yes, his heir was born - Spyros Vutetakis - so he closed it for the day... The customers didn't like it at all... they had nowhere to go all day... But he reopened it the next day."

"After the coffeehouse was burned down in 1922, Patera had to return to work in the mine." The coffeehouse burned in 1922, the year of the major strike...

How did the fire start?... "It was arson... A bucket was found there that had been used to start the fire... the reason had to do with the fact that the coffeehouse was prosperous... So, during the Carbon County strike of 1922, some Greek men hatched a plan. They would burn down the coffeehouse, and enter the mines as scabs.

"Then they planned to go to the Company management to say that because they had helped the Company break the strike, the Company should help them by building a new coffeehouse for them to manage." ..... The Company refused, saying there would not be another coffeehouse."

After a few days with Lourakis, Koubaro Alfieris took us in because it was a tight squeeze at Lourakis'... Alfieris provided us with a room. We stayed a while, until the Company rented us a nice little stone house, consisting of four rooms, at Patera's request. The rent was $10 a month."

"In return, the Company expected Patera to work in the mine. He had been unemployed since the fire. So he returned to the mine. The strike had been broken by then."

"He first worked outside the mine, around the 'elevator', as we called it". (It was the tipple.) "The carts, loaded with coal - the miners would be paid by the cartful - would be brought out of the mine and hauled high up the elevator and dumped... Then loaded onto trains. Though it was some distance, I could see the elevator clearly from the kitchen door.".

"I would watch Dimitri working there. I don't know how I recognized him - all the workers were completely black from the coal dust - but I did. Maybe it was the way he stood or walked, I'm not sure."

"Later he was transferred to working within the mine. That's where he was working when Castle Gate exploded. And that's when we decided to leave."

This history has been condensed from 26 pages to these few paragraphs by Spyros Vutetakis. There are also additional photographs that were donated by Spyros Vutetakis that can be found HERE.



Eugene Wendell Smith

The Helper Journal
Thursday, November 16, 1950

Castle Gate Miner Succumbs to Mine Injuries

Funeral services for Eugene Wendell Smith, 34, of Castle Gate will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Castle Gate ward chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Fay Thacker officiating. Mr. Smith died Monday afternoon from injuries suffered in the Castle Gate No. 2 mine. He was working with a coal loading crew, when a large section of top coal fell, pinning him against the machinery. Co-workers Remo Ariotti of Helper, Bert Huff and Bob Reynolds of Castle Gate, rushed to his aid and carried him to a coal car and took him to the surface where he was rushed to the City-County hospital in Price, where he died shortly after. At first his injuries had been thought not serious, but on arrival at the hospital examination showed he had a severely crushed chest.

He was born April 20, 1916, at Christman, Ill., a son of Herman and Ruby Dailey Smith.

He married Luella Davies at Helper October 4, 1939. He had been a resident of Castle Gate for the past five years and was a member of Castle Gate local, UMW of A.

A world War II veteran, Smith held many army service decorations, including Normandy, North France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe battle stars; European, African and Central Europe Service ribbons; a good conduct medal, a victory medal, a distinguished unit badge and a purple heart.

Surviving him are his widow; two daughters, one son, all of Castle Gate; his mother, two sisters, and a grandmother.

Price Post of the American Legion will conduct military rites at the graveside in the Price City cemetery. Friends may call at the Mitchell funeral home until Friday noon and at the chapel in Castle Gate from 1 p.m. to time of the services.

Information received from Suzie Baxter.



Victor T. Miller Jr.

Source of Information: FHL film 1421807 bk 41 pg 114

Dragerton, Carbon County - Victor T. Miller Jr., 34, Dragerton, died Sept. 9 at natural causes in a Provo hospital. Born Dec. 26, 1937, Grand Junction, Colo., to Victor and Moyme Cesario Miller. Member Catholic Church. Served Utah National Guard. Survivors: parents, Dragerton: brothers, both Dragerton; sister, Holland. Funeral Thursday 1 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price, where friends call Thursday prior to services. Burial Price City Cemetery.

If you are related to this family please contact Teressa Lenkey.


Victor T. Miller Sr.

Source of Information: FHL film 1421807 bk 47 page 120

East Carbon City, Carbon County - Victor T. Miller Sr., 66, East Carbon City, died of natural causes Feb. 2, 1974, in a Salt Lake City hospital. Born Sept. 3, 1907, Rocky Ford, Colo., to Mike and Rose Aleximdaro Miller. Married Moyme Cesario, Dec. 6, 1936, Grand Junction, Colo. Member Catholic Church. retired coal miner, Kaiser Street. Member UMWA. Survivors: wife; sons, daughter, all East Carbon City; 3 grandchildren. Funeral Mass Thursday 10 a.m., Good Shepherd Church, East Carbon City, where Rosary will be Wednesday 7 p.m. Friends call Mitchell Funeral Home, Price, Tuesday and Wednesday. Burial, Price City Cemetery.

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John Felipsich

News Advocate - 27 Mar 1930

MINER KILLED BY FALL FROM BRIDGE

Body Found Partially Lying in Stream: Jury Says Death Accidental

John Felipsich, 47, who was found dead Friday morning shortly after 7 o'clock by the engine crew of the D. & G. G. W. lying beneath a bridge at Castle Gate, met his death by accident, a coroner's jury decided. Evidence presented at the inquest showed that Felipsich was returning to Castle Gate by way of the railroad tracks and fell through an opening in the bridge. In falling, he apparently struck his head against the iron framework and landed with the upper part of his body in the Willow Creek, a stream running under the trellus. Two causes of death, a fractured skull and drowning were announced by Dr. E. V. Long.

Warren Peacock and L. A. Pike deputies from the Carbon sheriffs office and John Daskalakis, Castle Gate marshall investigated. W. G. Harmon, Carbon county attorney conducted the inquest, which was presided over by Judge J. W. Nielsen, justice of the peace. Victor Gilbert, John Hreinson and William Craig composed the panel.

Felipsich was generally know by the name of Filip or Phillips. He was employed at Rolapp, but resided at Castle Gate. He came to Carbon county about seven months ago from Colorado, where he is believed to hold some property. From information on hand in the Castle Gate mine office he has a wife and three children living in Tristi, Italy. He was born in Jugo Slavia of Austrian parentage.




Katherine Elizabeth Loftis

Death Takes Former Resident of County
Sun Advocate - 15 Jul 1937 pg 8

Mrs. Katherine Elizabeth Loftis, 72, former resident of Price and Kenilworth, died in a Salt Lake City hospital Tuesday night following a long illness. She was the widow of Lee L. Loftis, well know resident of Carbon county for man years.

Mrs. Loftis was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on October 19, 1864, a daughter of David N. Reed and Amanda Reed. With her husband, who was a contractor, she moved to Carbon county in 1906. She had lived in Salt Lake City for the past seven years.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Reed Loftis of Salt lake, and John Howard Loftis. Vernal, and six grand-children.

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